ResourcesSurveys on policies acceptance

CAPABLE surveys on policy acceptance

In order to operationalize CAPABLE enhanced decision-making framework, we will generate new empirical evidence. We will collect data on policy perception and acceptability through large-scale surveys of European citizens (5-10 countries with 2000 participants per country) combined with various smaller experiments and surveys. The surveys will be conducted over multiple waves in order to capture the dynamic nature of policy preferences and consequently to uncover the underlying processes that determine support and engagement. As an example, while we keep you waiting for our fresh data, you can refer to similar surveys conducted by the OECD and the European Commission, summarised here below.

International Attitudes toward Climate Policies

Policies to address climate change have been historically difficult to implement. The OECD and The Social Economics Lab at Harvard teamed up to understand why, and surveyed over 40 000 respondents across 20 of the world’s most carbon-emitting countries (representing 72% of global CO2 emissions). 

By addressing citizen’s concerns, governments can help build public support for urgently needed climate action. Opposition to climate policies is in fact correlated with “carbon dependence”: lack of public transport, car usage and (to a lesser extent) gasoline expenditure. 

Higher levels of education and having children are correlated with higher support, across countries. But overall, socio-economic factors are less important in predicting policy support compared to “carbon dependence”.


“there is limited willingness to adopt behavioural changes to reduce emissions with current policies”


Attitudes of European Consumers towards High Energy Prices and Cost of Living

Survey carried out by Ipsos for the European Commission between 11 and 24 October 2022, with 25.676 phone interviews across 27 Member states, and a representative sample of citizens aged 18 and over for each country. Below are summarised some of the results from the poll thanks to the data freely available for download.