Satisfaction with policy
1 in 2 satisfied with local policy, 1 in 3 satisfied with Flemish and Federal government policy
In 2018, half of the Flemish population was satisfied with the policy of their mayor and aldermen. A third was satisfied with the policy of the Flemish and federal governments and a quarter with the policy of the European Commission.
Satisfaction with local policy clearly declined between 2008 and 2010, but subsequently rose again. Satisfaction with the policy of the Government of Flanders has declined since 2015. There is a perceptible increase in satisfaction with the policy of the federal government since 2012. Satisfaction with the policy of the European Commission declined steadily between 2007 and 2017, but rebounded slightly in 2018.
The closer the administrative level is to the citizen, the higher the satisfaction. However, the difference that used to exist in the assessment of the Flemish and the federal policy level has virtually disappeared since 2015.
Quarter of inhabitants of Flanders dissatisfied with policy of European Commission
In 2018, a quarter of the inhabitants of Flanders was (very) satisfied with the policy of the European Commission. As far as the federal government is concerned, 17% is (very) dissatisfied; which figure stands at 14% for the Government of Flanders and the local administrations.
However, a large group of inhabitants of Flanders express neither a positive nor a negative opinion about these administration levels. As far as the European Commission, the Government of Flanders and the Federal government are concerned, more than half of the citizens surveyed adopt a neutral position. For local administration, the proportion who do not express an opinion is lower, at 1 out of 3.
Slight differences in background characteristics
Men are more frequently satisfied with the policy followed at most administration levels than women. However, this is not the case for the policy of the European Commission.
Over-60s are more frequently satisfied with the policy of the Flemish and the federal government; young adults are more frequently satisfied with the policy of the European Commission.
Low educated persons are more likely to be satisfied with the policy at local level than the high educated. The medium-educated are least satisfied with the policy of other administration levels.
Residents of central cities and rural areas more satisfied with local policy
Within the central cities in Flanders and in rural areas, there are more people satisfied with the policy pursued by the mayor and aldermen. For the other levels, satisfaction is generally lower among those in rural areas than among inhabitants of the metropolitan and central cities.