- The data was generated from qualitative research with eight multiple choice questions on an internet based survey tool.
- 110 Members of the European Parliament responded.
- The sample represents 14% of European Parliamentarians largely representative of groups and nationalities in the 6th legislature.
- Fleishman-Hillard carried out fieldwork between 1 April and 1 May 2009.
- The statistics used in this report are only indicative of the actual use of digital tools by MEPs. However the sample size and spread of MEPs is large enough for interesting conclusions to be drawn.
- Which of the following online tools do you use to communicate to voters and other interested parties?
- How effective do you believe the following activities to be in communicating to voters and other interested parties?
- How frequently do you, or your staff on your behalf, use the following online tools/resources in your daily legislative work?
- How important are the following in informing your thinking on policy issues?
Every national delegation except one (Luxembourg) responded, and the respondents reflect the composition of the Parliament (current EP representation in brackets)
- UK 14.5% (9.9%)
- Germany 13.6% (12.6%)
- Italy 10% (9.9%)
- Spain 7.27% (6.5%)
- France 7.27% (9.9%)
The three main political groups responded to the survey in numbers similar to their actual group size (percentage of members of European Parliament in brackets)
- EPP-ED 32.7% (36.7%)
- PES 31.8% (27.6%)
- ALDE 16.4% (12.6%)