Dutch most interested in 2024 EU elections, survey shows

The Dutch are more interested in the next European parliamentary elections than any other EU nationality, according to the latest Eurobarometer survey.

The survey shows that 75% of people in the Netherlands are interested in the 2024 vote, compared to a European average of 56%. The Dutch figure is an increase of nine percentage points on a year ago.

Almost seven in 10 people also say that it is important to vote for MEPs, although 90% think the same for the general election. In the last EU elections in 2019, turnout was just 42%.

The top priority for the next European parliament, according to Dutch voters, is climate change (51% against an average of 31% in the EU). The second priority is the fight against poverty, which across the EU is considered the main issue.

In addition, some 72% of those polled in the Netherlands said the EU had an impact on their daily lives, in line with the rest of the EU (71%).

Overall, 43% of respondents in the Netherlands said they have a positive opinion of the EU and 38% were neutral, compared to 37% and 43% across the bloc.

The next elections for the European parliament take place in the Netherlands on Jun 6, 2024. All EU nationals living in the Netherlands are eligible to vote, but need to be on a special register in order to do so.

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