Cause and Effect in European Politics and Law

49 % will be the turnout of the European elections

Adelina Marini, 27 May 2009

It seems that voters are beginning to mobilise for the European elections on 4-7 of June. In Bulgaria the elections will be on the 7th of June. According to the opinion poll of TNS Opinion, held between 4th and 15th of May, 49 % have claimed a wish to vote in comparison to 34 % at the previous poll of Eurobarometre from January and February. 43 % say that are certain to vote, another 6 % say they would probably vote. 12 % seem to be certain that they will not vote which is down with 19 % from the beginning of the year.

European sociologists though warn that this survey does not provide a firm forecast of the 4-7 June election results. Its findings suggest that the number of citizens planning to vote is growing, but there is no guarantee that the turnout rate will be equivalent to that of 2004.

As with regard to the issues of the campaign, naturally, unemployment is a concern for the largest number of the respondents - 57 %, followed by economic growth (45%), uncertainty (32%) and the future of pensions (31%).

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