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Public opinion on the euro

It is essential to monitor the state of public opinion on the euro and understand the underlying factors which influence it. This helps to detect any information gap among EU citizens and to adapt communication messages and tools to their real needs.

Public consultation on the rounding rules for 1- and 2-cent coins

The objective of this public consultation was to gather information for the impact assessment on uniform rounding rules for cash payments in euro. The public consultation took place during 15 weeks, between 28 September 2020 and 11 January 2021.

27 MAY 2021
Factual summary report on the public consultation on uniform rounding rules for cash payments – May 2021

Opinion polls in euro area Member States

The European Commission regularly conducts opinion polls both in the euro area countries and in the newer EU Member States which are expected to adopt the euro.

Each Flash Eurobarometer includes a summary report, containing country scorecards from 2006 onwards, and a detailed analytical report.

Opinion polls in Member States yet to adopt the euro

Opinion pools in the Member State on euro changeover

Background information on the opinion polls

The launch of the euro banknotes and coins on 1 January 2002 was preceded and followed by intensive public opinion monitoring. Polling started in 2000, and was carried out almost monthly in 2001 and the months immediately following the changeover, and has continued since, though at longer intervals. Since the end of 2002, the state of public opinion has been measured and assessed by the Commission at least once a year in the euro area countries, and the results of these surveys, together with the 2000-2002 data, make it possible to see how euro-area citizens' views on their new currency have evolved over time.

Opinion polls have also been conducted by the Commission twice a year since 2004 in the countries which joined the EU since then and are preparing to adopt the euro. The frequency of the surveys can be stepped up in those countries which are close to adopting the euro or have just done so, such as Latvia (2014) and Lithuania (2015). In these cases, the surveys may be more frequent and raise additional issues.

Most of the polls take the form of telephone interviews and can be found on the Eurobarometer website, where less frequent qualitative studies based on face-to-face interviews and focus groups are also published.