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Danish women love the EU more than men

Summary On several crucial issues, Danish women are more positive about EU partnership than Danish men. This is shown in a new poll, which the European Parliament has conducted in all member states. Historically, the EU has especially won support from the male part of the Danish population, but this may be changing. For the first time since the polling began in 2007, significantly more women than men consider Denmark's membership of the EU a "a good thing".
 
Danish women also believe to a greater extent that their vote counts in the EU and that Denmark has benefited from European partnership all in all. In addition, they are even less likely than men to want to leave the EU. The poll confirms what several polls carried out following the vote on Brexit have shown: Danish support for the EU has taken a significant upwards turn in recent years, it is stable and significantly higher than the average for all EU 28 member states.
 
While Danish men are more focused on economic, labor relations and EU immigration, women are more concerned than the men with climate, peace and security, terrorism, and that Denmark through the EU achieves greater influence globally and that our ability to cooperate with countries outside the EU is strengthened

Main conclusion
  • Historically, Danish men have been more EU positive than Danish women, but this may be changing. On a number of crucial issues, women are either catching up with or overtaking the men.
  • Significantly more women than men have indicated that the EU is "a good thing". This is the first time since the polling began in 2007.
  • If there was a vote today, 79% of women would vote yes to become EU members, while 10% would vote to leave the EU. Looking at the men, 74 per cent want to remain while 17 per cent want to leave the EU.
  • Women are more concerned than men with areas such as climate, peace and security, terrorism, and that Denmark through the EU gets greater global influence and that our cooperation with non-EU countries is strengthened.
  • Growth, job opportunities and immigration, on the other hand, weigh higher for men than women.
  • According to Danes, climate and the environment are the most important topics in the debate in the run-up to the elections of the European Parliament in May 2019. Only Sweden and the Netherlands have a larger proportion of the population prioritizing this challenge.
  • Both Danish women and men prioritize climate and the environment as the most important theme, but women weigh it 9 percentage points higher than men.
  • Overall, the poll shows that Danish support for the EU has taken a significant upward turn following the UK vote on the EU and that Denmark's support is stable and significantly higher than the EU average.
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