November 28, 2016, Berlin

Niklas Anzinger, the lead of Dalia’s EuroPulse team, presented survey results on TTIP at the event ‘Manufacturing Discontent – The Rise to Power of Anti-TTIP Groups’ in Brussels . The results, gathered from 20.000 respondents over two survey waves, are part of a study by the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE) and Dalia Research.

The survey found that Europeans have generally become more aware of TTIP: the number of those who have seen, heard or read about TTIP increased from 48% to 51% between April and August of 2016. Support for TTIP fell from 58% to 53% among Europeans who are aware of the agreement.

Austrians and Germans show both the highest levels of awareness of TTIP (75% and 70% respectively) and opposition towards TTIP (87% and 68% respectively). The highest levels of support are found in Poland (73%) and the UK (68%).

Age, gender, income, education and political affiliation didn’t play much of a role in explaining the varying degrees of support for TTIP. The results indicate, however, that TTIP support correlates with two factors: general support for free trade and support for the EU. Yet, these two correlating factors can’t adequately explain why Germany and Austria have such strong anti-TTIP sentiment compared to the rest of Europe.

The study by ECIPE takes a deeper look into this phenomenon, specifically in Germany. They found that anti-TTIP protests, orchestrated by the political campaign efforts of Germany’s green and left-wing political establishment, are the cause of the low levels of support.

For the full set of results see our press release (also available at our press page), the presentation, and the study by ECIPE (link coming soon).