Attitudes of Europeans towards Air Quality

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Series Details Number 497
Publication Date November 2019
ISBN 978-92-76-10166-6
EC KH-04-19-678-EN-N
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This report presents the analysis of the findings of the Special Eurobarometer survey on the attitudes of Europeans towards Air Quality conducted in the 28 Member States of the European Union in September 2019.

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This Eurobarometer survey shows strong public support for measures to improve air quality but also the need for more information about air quality in the EU. According to the survey, a majority of respondents in all EU Member States think that the EU should propose additional measures to improve air quality. Of the more than 27,000 citizens interviewed, the largest proportion of respondents consider that the most effective way to tackle air quality problems is to apply stricter pollution controls on industrial and energy-production activities. The survey also reveals the need for better communication, especially at national level, about air quality. A majority of respondents do not feel well-informed about air quality problems in their country and respondents are more likely to think that air quality has deteriorated over the past ten years. In fact, air quality has improved during that time.

This Special Eurobarometer survey is the follow-up of a Flash Eurobarometer survey conducted in September 2012 on the same topic. Many of the questions from the Flash Eurobarometer have been repeated in this Special Eurobarometer.

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European Commission: Press Release, 27/11/2019: New Eurobarometer survey shows: The majority of Europeans think the EU should propose additional measures to address air quality problems

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