Survey finds right-wing surge in EU election results driven by similar concerns to US voters

The right-wing surge in the European Union elections was driven by most of the same matters that concern voters in the United States, a survey found.

“Improving the economy and reducing inflation” was the No. 1 issue for European voters, according to the polling platform Focaldata, shared with Reuters. This was followed by “international conflict and war” and “immigration and asylum-seekers.”

Supporters of the French right-wing National Rally react at the party election night headquarters on Sunday, June 9, 2024, in Paris. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)

In fourth place came “reducing inequality,” followed by “acting on climate change.” The latter two topics tend to be strengths of left-wing and green parties, while the top three usually favor the Right.

The poll surveyed 6,000 people across the EU’s five most populous countries: Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Poland, in addition to
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