Brussels, 28 January 2005
More than half of the citizens of the European Union say they know little about the Draft Constitution and a third more declare they have never heard about it. At the same time the study also shows that the public opinion is rather favourable to the Constitution, but that the indecision level remains high in most countries. This is the result of a special Eurobarometer poll realised between the 27th of October and the 29th of November 2004 among a sample of nearly 25.000 persons.
On the results of this survey, Vice-President Margot Wallström, responsible for institutional relations and communication strategy, declared:
“This survey is very timely. The process of ratification of the Constitution will only succeed if governments and all other relevant actors mobilise to provide information to citizens, to ensure a truly informed debate. The data for countries which will hold referenda shows a high level of indecision. It may mean that there is a clear risk of a low turnout if campaigns are not able to connect with citizens.”
Margot Wallström underlined that the European Commission has offered its assistance to all Member States which wish to be supported in their communication activities.
The main points of this Eurobarometer are the following:
Technical notice: The special Eurobarometer n°214 was realised by TNS Opinion & Social / EOS Gallup Europe between the 27th of October and the 29th of November 2004. 24.786 citizens of the European Union aged 15 and more have been surveyed in the 25 Member States.
The first results of the survey are published today. The complete report will be available at the beginning of February.
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