January Survey Results
Our survey asking about the hottest issues for civil society in 2018 is now complete. Here are our results.
Out of a total of 115 votes, no clear majority could be established. It seems that there is no one topic on people’s minds. This is particularly interesting, as immigration is often cited as the greatest concern for Europeans in main stream media reports and academic studies. While we have to admit that our survey is not representative, the fact that only 5.2% of votes cast falls on immigration, is eye opening. The survey allowed users to define their own topics via the “Other” category, yet only one vote was cast in this category, leading us to believe that our selection of topics is adequately broad to encompass most topics of interest to civil society.
Interestingly, while most extreme political parties cite lack of subsidiarity, rampant immigration and fundamentalist religions as the biggest issues of the European Union, these categories did not perform particularly strong in our survey. This could mean that these issues are not as important to our users as they are made out to be, or that we simply have not been able to reach those citizens interested in said problems.
Another great surprise for us was “Public Transport”, which received 7% of the vote. While not representative, there appears to be a lack of initiatives for public transportation in some areas in Europe. We will be sure to look into possibilities for us to tackle this issue at some point in the future.
The clear winner of the survey was “Environmental Sustainability” with 11.3% of the vote, closely followed by “European Identity” and “Centre-Periphery Cleavage” with 9.6% each and “Digitalisation” with 8.7% of the vote. These are the topics we will focus on, when developing new projects this year. Of course, we also have other projects already in the works, like Euro Babble and our new Europe Goes to School and these will continue to be developed and supported by our teams as we move forward with new ideas. These two projects, of course, also already cover a variety of issues from this list, including “Education” and “European Media”, as well as to varying degrees “Populism / Fake News”, “Democratic Literacy” and “Centre-Periphery Cleavage”.
As there was no one topic that won the overall majority of votes, we will strive to keep all other topics in mind, when we develop new projects and try to address them in due course.
Now you might be wondering, how and when will this actually be used to create new projects? The answer is quite simple. First of all, these results will be disseminated to all our partner organisations, so they too know which topics you thought were most important. After that, we will also present our results in the Europe Lab Austria in March, inspiring new project development with the local civil society organisations. In June we will finally host a workshop at the European Youth Event. In this event, we will invite up to 50 participants to create new project concepts around certain topic areas, which just so happen to be the ones you chose in this survey. As you can see, we take your input seriously and are doing our best to make sure your voice is heard.