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Voter apathy reflects lack of interest in EU affairs | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 25.05.2009
The latest poll into who will vote in the upcoming European parliamentary elections on June 4-7 makes for some pretty grim reading. It seems that voter apathy is growing as knowledge and interest in the EU shrink. 

A study carried out across the EU on behalf of the French Political Innovation Foundation shows that 18 percent of those surveyed said they were ' not at all interested' in the June poll, whilst 35 percent said they were 'rather not interested'. The same number said they were 'rather interested' but only a meager 11 percent said they were 'very interested'.

 

The data coming in on voter apathy across the European Union is turning unspoken but common knowledge into hard facts: the EU elections hold no interest for a huge number of the bloc's citizens.

 

What is less clear are the reasons why. Attempts have been made to connect the expected dramatically low turn-out with frustration over the incompetence of ministers, the mounting corruption scandals and the perceived idleness that voters associate with the overblown bureaucracy many believe the EU has become.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Mon May 25th, 2009 at 11:40:34 AM EST
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Paging Margaret Wallstrom - someone called Cassandra for you on Line 1.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon May 25th, 2009 at 08:13:04 PM EST
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