According to a study, political opinion in Europe is leaning more and more to the right

The essentials Most European governments are led by a right-wing majority. Where does this conversion of the old continent come from? For the Foundation for Political Innovation: “The disruptions in today’s society are fundamentally changing our individual beliefs and value systems.”

Globalization, demographic aging, the question of immigration, an increase in the feeling of insecurity caused by the phenomena of crime and Islamist terrorism … Is Europe falling to the right? The political trust barometer of the science research center Sciences Po (Cevipof), of which the Foundation for Political Innovation is a partner, shows that there seems to be a certain tendency to the right in the four major European democracies: France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. In these countries, an average of 39% of respondents position themselves on the right, 27% on the left and 20% in the middle.

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Younger generations more right

Inability to vote, voting on sanctions, the desire for a change … The Foundation is observing a turning point in democratic countries: the younger generations are increasingly on the right. She explains: “While seniors are traditionally more likely to vote for rights than young people, our data shows that new generations are most likely to be right-wing positions. In all countries, 41% of 18-24 year olds are old and 41% of 25 – Up to 34-year-olds are on the scale between 6 and 10 years, ie at a level comparable to that of 65-year-olds and over (40%), but 5 points higher than that of 50 to 64-year-olds (36%)).

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The fall of France

Between 2016 and 2021, the proportion of French people on the right politically increased steadily, “from 33% in 2017 to 38% in 2021. Over the same period, the proportion of citizens on the left remained stable (25% in 2017 and 2017) 24% in 2021), despite a slight decrease in 2020 (22%). “notes the study. The foundation notes that the issue of immigration prevails in the judgment of the citizens. “On average, six in ten citizens (60%) agree that there are too many immigrants in our country” and “More than half of those surveyed (56%) think that their country is about migration should close stronger. “

In France, 62% of citizens believe that Islam is a threat to the republic. A fear of Islam that is widespread among people in the right-wing bloc (81%). Supporters of the left are more divided on this question: 45% of people believe that Islam is a threat to the republic, “the other half (52%) disagree and 3% of those questioned did not answer.

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With regard to ecology at European level, the study shows that: “The proponents of the various parties in the four democracies mainly answer:” We can develop our economy further while protecting the environment for future generations. “

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