Europe's attitude towards security


The results of the special Eurobarometer survey 464b on EU citizens' attitudes towards security were published by the European Commission on 12 December 2017.

Security has arguably been a greater issue for Europeans in the last years than at any time since a generation ago. Armed conflict on the EU’s doorstep, foreign terrorist fighters returning to the EU from conflict zones, and in the last three years a series of terrorist attacks within the EU, contribute to making security and in particular terrorism at the top of Europeans' concerns.

The aim of this Eurobarometer was to find out citizens’ overall awareness, experiences and perceptions of security. The survey explored the issue of security by looking at different areas: overall perceptions of security and threats, perceptions of the actions taken by the police and other law enforcement authorities to combat those threats, and their attitudes toward national and international cooperation in dealing with the various security challenges faced by the Member States of the EU. The questions were based on those asked in Special Eurobarometer 371 on “Internal Security” (June 2011), Special Eurobarometer 380 on “Awareness of Home Affairs” (December 2011) and Special Eurobarometer 432 on “Europeans’ Attitudes Toward Security” (March 2015).

This survey was carried out in the 28 Member States of the European Union between 13 and 26 June 2017. Some 28,093 EU citizens from different social and demographic categories were interviewed face-to-face at home and in their native language on behalf of the Directorate-General for Communication.

The Barometer is available here.