Largest increase in EP election turnout in Poland - Eurobarometer

The turnout registered in Poland rose by 22 points. Grzegorz Momot/PAP

The overall turnout in the 2019 European elections increased by 8 points to 50,6 percent, resulting in the highest participation since 1994. The most significant increases in turnout were registered in Poland, Romania and Spain.

This was also the first time since 1994 that there has been a reversal of turnout in European elections since 1979. The turnout registered in Poland rose by 22 points, in Romania - by 19 points, in Spain - by 17 points, in Austria - by 15 points, and in Hungary - by 14 points.

The Eurobarometer survey released on Thursday shows that citizens’ support for the European Union remains at its highest level since 1983, with 68 percent of respondents saying that their country has benefitted from being a member of the EU.

In 27 member states, citizens primarily voted because they saw it as their duty as citizens (52 percent). In all 28 member states, more respondents than in 2014 voted because they were in favour of the EU and declared this support to be their main voting motivator (25 percent).

The Eurobarometer post-electoral survey also looked at other issues that propelled citizens to vote in the recent European Parliament elections. The top issues which influenced citizens’ voting decision were economy and growth (44 percent), climate change (37 percent) as well as human rights and democracy (37 percent), the European parliament reported.

Nearly 28,000 citizens throughout the EU answered questions about their participation in the European elections and the issues that motivated them to vote in a survey conducted by Kantar and commissioned by the European Parliament. The survey took place on June 7-26.