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Major Symbial survey on Europe

Symbial is a survey institute founded in 1991.
We have just conducted a major survey of the French.
This is a survey we conducted on our own behalf, based on an Opinéa panel of 1007 online respondents, representative of the population in our territory.
Through 9 barometric questions we reconstruct the state of French opinion on the European Union.
This wave was conducted in early March 2020.
Survey carried out by sampling (notably with the implementation of the quota method in order to guarantee the representativeness of the sample in relation to the reference population).
Opinea’s Access Panel Online is exclusively dedicated to research. Recruited according to the rules of the art of access panels, it allows the constitution of representative samples of the national population but also of specific targets, thus being able to correspond to the particularity of all the needs.

The confidence interval depends on the number of respondents for each question:
number: trust interval = +or-

30  : 17.89% 90 : 10.33% 100 : 9.80% 200 : 6.93% 300 : 5.66% 400 : 4.90% 600 : 4.00% 800 : 3.46% 1000 : 3.10% 1500 : 2.53% 2000 : 2.19%

%

Bring back the French franc

Male 36%
Female 40%
16 et 24 ans 26%
25 and 34 years 50%
35 and 44 years 40%
45 and 54 years 41%
55 and 64 years 35%
65 and 74 years 23%

%

The European Union responds to concerns in the economic and social field

Male 44%
Female 44%
16 and 24 years 47%
25 and 34 years 53%
35 and 44 years 48%
45 and 54 years 39%
55 and 64 years 42%
65 and 74 years 32%

%

For a Europe of Nations instead of the European Union

Male 63%
Female 59%
16 and 24 years 50%
25 and 34 years 69%
35 and 44 years 61%
45 and 54 years 60%
55 and 64 years 64%
65 and 74 years 57%

%

EU effective on legal and illegal immigration

Male 40%
Female 43%
16 and 24 years 51%
25 and 34 years 56%
35 and 44 years 42%
45 and 54 years 37%
55 and 64 years 35%
65 and 74 years 25%

%

Which of these countries (currently under negotiation) should be allowed to join the European Union? NONE

Macedoinia 20%
Montenegro 20%
Serbia 19%
Bosnia and Herzegovina 16%
Albania 15%
Turkey 13%
Kosovo 11%
None 59%

%

Do the French have an interest in ratifying free trade treaties: NO

Male 53%
Female 51%
16 and 24 years 31%
25 and 34 years 38%
35 and 44 years 45%
45 and 54 years 60%
55 and 64 years 61%
65 and 74 years 71%
The European Union must retain the principle of its current organisation 18%
The European Union must completely
change its current organisation
39%
The European Union must integrate the new
countries which want to join
13%
The European Union must facilitate the exiting
countries which want to do so
32%
The European Union must go further in its
federalism
20%
The European Union must go back to being a union of
nations
26%

This wave of our European barometer confirms the doubts that the French feel about the benefits that the European Union in its current design would bring them.

Scepticism is strongest on the issue of national sovereignty, immigration control and economic and social issues.

The balance seems to be in favour of a return to the nations, to the control of the borders and strategic issues of each country making up Europe.

We will compare these trends with the results we will measure after the summer and especially after the Covid-19 crisis which began in early 2020 and which will have wreaked havoc with the political conceptions that seemed to have won.

Namely, the globalised economy, liberalism preventing states from intervening, the refusal of borders, European protection guaranteeing the security of all.