Toluna survey on the consequences of the volcanic eruption: 88% of Europeans agree with the air security measures

97% of Europeans have heard about the volcanic eruption in Iceland and its impact on air traffic. 88% agree with the security measures such as cancellation of flights or closure of airports, whilst 17% say that their travels have been disrupted.

If they were stuck in a foreign country during several days, Europeans would first be concerned about their return home (37%), the consequences on their work (32%) and their private life (21%). 24% would think to take advantage of the extra time in the country.

Lastly, if air transportation was to disappear for one day, Europeans think that this would have serious consequences on the economy (67%) and on tourism (54%). 33% consider that this would also impact strongly upon way of life and society in general. Air transportation is therefore well established in European attitudes: only 8% claim that they could manage without it.

Stuck in a foreign country, the French would feel a little more concerned by professional consequences than other Europeans (39% and 32% respectively). They would also have serious concerns about their private lives (27% compared to 21% for all Europeans). 12% claim that they could manage without air transportation, compared to 8% for the whole of Europe.

The Americans are well informed of this international event: 87% heard about it and 85% agree with the taken security measures, although only 9% have been disrupted in their travels. If they could not return home for several days, the Americans like the British and the Germans would be less concerned about the impact on their private lives than the Latin countries of Europe (France, Italy, Spain)!

The poll Toluna Quicksurvey was carried out on the Internet on the 19th April 2010 in Europe (France, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands) and the United States, with a sample of 6,422 panellists from the community aged 18 and over. The results were readapted in order to represent national populations in terms of region, gender and age (dispersing professions).

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