38 Degrees Logo38 Degrees Logo 38 Degrees Logo

European Election Issues Poll

May 16th, 2014 by

Next week will be our chance to have a say in who represents us in Europe, as we vote in the EU elections. No matter what you think about Europe, we’ve got a huge opportunity to get people thinking about how they use their vote.

Compared with other elections, the parties standing candidates to be our MEPs don’t get many questions about what their plans are once they’re elected. We’ve got a week to change that. Together, we can find out their positions on our most important issues and use that to help us – and our friends and families – decide how to vote.

Yesterday a random sample of 150, 000 38 Degrees members voted on a list of issues to decide what parties should be quizzed about. The issues were chosen from campaigns that we’ve all worked on together or previously suggested, and are all issues that are affected by the EU.

The results are in! Here’s how 38 Degrees members voted.

You can also view a bigger version of the results here.

The top five issues were made into questions to be sent round to parties. A 6th question around tax dodging was also added, as a lot of 38 Degrees members mentioned it in the comment box on the page, and it frequently comes high in the weekly member poll.

Yesterday the following questions were sent round to political parties standing in next weeks elections:

1) How will MEPs from your party go about stopping the NHS, our welfare and the environment from being threatened by global trade agreements like the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)?

2) What will MEPs from your party do to secure tougher regulations protecting bees from harmful pesticides?

3) Will MEPs from your party work to secure tougher EU targets on CO2 reductions to help tackle climate change?

4) What will MEPs from your party do to strengthen employment rights protecting workers across the EU?

5) How will MEPs from your party protect constituents’ privacy by ensuring tougher laws on data protection across the EU?

6) What will MEPs from your party do to crack down on tax dodgers, ensuring everyone pays their fair share of tax?

Some parties have already sent their responses in! Next week 38 Degrees members will get to rate where each party stands on scorecards. We can use these to inform how we vote at the polls next week, and can share the results out with our friends and family!

In the meantime 38 Degrees members who are planning on voting next week can check out Vote Match, a site that matches views to party positions.

Posted in 38 Degrees Blog Posts

Tags: ,

  • Humsh

    OK, messrs 38 Degrees. Where is the data for the SNP????

  • Megan Bentall – 38 Degrees

    Hi Humsh,

    Where it says “All other parties standing in any region received, at the very least, an email asking for responses to the questions” this includes the Scottish region, and SNP were definitely asked, but unfortunately did not get back with response.

    Hope this helps – Megan from the 38 Degrees team.

  • Jo Bartlett-Hubbard

    The Animal Welfare Party,who are standing in London, are one of 7 animal protection parties from across Europe contesting the 2014 EU Parliament elections. The aim of each party is to return dedicated representatives for animals to the EU Parliament for the first time ever. The UK’s Animal Welfare Party is proud to be one of these 7 visionary parties – attempting to make history for animals this week. The name given informally to the group is ‘The Euro Animal 7′ and we represent voters in the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Sweden and Cyprus.

    To many of their supporters, this is a moment in history as significant as any in the history of human rights or women’s rights. Winning political representation for animals in the EU Parliament would send a huge signal to the rest of the world that man’s relationship with animals and the environment is changing, that we are re-defining what it means to be human, extending the circle of compassion to include the non-human and less powerful.

    Many people care deeply about animal welfare issues and the benefits to people from better animal care,for example in relation to meat-consumption,where animals mistreated during rearing,export and slaughter can attract disease before their meat is processed for consumption. There is also evidence now that people deliberately cruel to animals are likely to be violent to other people,especially women and children.

    There are 500,000 or more vegetarians in the London electorate,more than the number of people who voted Conservative in 2009.