Voters not as angry with the EU as political parties suggest
Almost all political parties responded to voters’ frustrations in their campaigns for the European parliamentary elections. However, it appears that voters are not as angry with the EU as most parties suggested, claims Jan Kleinnijenhuis, Professor of Communication Sciences.
06/07/2019 | 12:51 PM
For example, 53 percent agreed that the European Union should provide support to banks that are about to collapse. Moreover, 66 percent of respondents believed that the EU must combat global warming with climate measures. A more decisive foreign policy, such as more severe action against Russia, was an expressed wish of 62 percent. Finally, over two thirds (70 percent) of respondents felt that the EU should guarantee free trade.
“Voters’ opinions are insufficiently addressed by political parties. In doing so, parties risk that opinions about what the EU cannot achieve will play a more significant role in the electoral booth than what the EU can achieve", Kleinnijenhuis says. “When voting, people remember the opinions that they encountered in the campaigns. In this case, mostly negative issues." (Source: Trouw.nl)