A study conducted for the European Parliament by TNS Opinion shows that the threat of terrorism has become one of Europe’s major concerns. This is hardly surprising, considering the terror attacks recently in Paris and Belgium.
French, British people and Belgians think they are more at risk. Overall, four Europeans out of 10 consider the risk of terrorist attack in their country to be "high", while 47% think it is at medium level and 11% at low level. The fight against terrorism is the area in which the proportion of Europeans wanting more intervention from the European Union is highest (82%). Even in the UK, where we voted for Brexit in June, 76% of people questioned just a couple of months earlier (April) wanted the EU to do more in “the fight against terrorism.”
Nevertheless, in order to fight a global threat, Europeans logically think the most appropriate level to effectively combat terrorism is global (38%), then European (23%) or national (21%). Countries where the perception of the terrorist threat is the highest are also more inclined to wish an intervention at global level: France (54%), Spain (53%), UK (41%), Belgium (41%) and Italy (38%).
Among various measures that Europeans think are most urgent to combat terrorism, the fight against the financing of terrorist groups (42%) and against the roots of terrorism and radicalisation (41%) are the most largely suggested, just before strengthening the control of external EU borders (39%).
When it comes specifically to the fight against radicalisation and recruitment of EU citizens by terrorist organisations, strategic actions are popular. The fight against poverty and social exclusion (39%) is the most urgent in 23 out of 28 member states, before more tactical actions like the fight against radical websites and the removal of online illegal content (35%) or communication campaigns about the risks of radicalisation (32%).
Source : Kantar TNS