7 May 2018

TUI Foundation: Youth Study 2018 published

Last week TUI Foundation has presented the results of its European Youth Study 2018 in Berlin. The results show: Pro-European views have increased versus 2017 level in all countries surveyed. If the countries were to hold a national referendum about EU membership today, 71 per cent of the respondents would vote to stay, up from only 61 per cent in 2017. In Germany, even 80 per cent of young people would vote against an exit (in 2017: 69 per cent). “These figures show that Europe is making a comeback among young people. Brexit has shaken thinks up. We now talk about strengths, opportunities and achievements again. In a world that is in turmoil in many places, where national isolation rather than cooperation is being promoted, Europe is taking on a new shape. We are having real debates again that strengthen positive attitudes towards the EU”, said Thomas Ellerbeck, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of TUI Foundation.

7 to 23 per cent have populist attitudes
For the first time, this year’s study also measured populist tendencies among young Europeans. It included 15 questions relating, for instance, to anti-elitism (“People like myself have no influence on the government”), popular sovereignty (“The people should have the final say in all important decisions”), and the concept of people as a unity (“All ordinary people pull together”). The results show that the proportion of young people with populist attitudes ranges from seven per cent in Germany to 23 per cent in Poland.

Only little trust in Facebook
82 per cent of all respondents use the Internet to inform themselves about current political affairs, while only 30 per cent of them use printed newspapers and news magazines. When searching information on the Internet, Facebook ranks top at 44 per cent, followed by online newspaper and news magazine versions (34 per cent) and YouTube (28 per cent). Public broadcasters enjoy a high level of trust, in particular in France, Germany and the UK, while the number of respondents trusting public broadcasters is particularly low in Poland and Greece. Although Facebook is a highly relevant source of information, respondents assess it as untrustworthy. At 37 per cent, the print versions of newspapers and news magazines rank top of the trustworthiness league, while only 17 per cent of respondents trust Facebook – in Germany, the social network is the least trustworthy option identified by the respondents (8 per cent).

Background to the study

In order to better understand the life environment, identity/ies and attitudes towards Europe of young Europeans in 2018, TUI Foundation commissioned YouGov with polling young people in France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Spain and the UK. A total of 6,080 young people between the ages of 16 and 26 years were polled by.

About TUI Foundation

The TUI Foundation (German: TUI Stiftung) promotes and implements projects on the theme of "Young Europe". Its aim is to strengthen the idea of Europe. It therefore invests in the long term in regional, national and international projects focusing on education, training and individual and professional development. It has its headquarters in Hanover and is committed to the common good as an independent and autonomous foundation.