Help us make the FRA website better for you!

Take part in a one-to-one session and help us improve the FRA website. It will take about 30 minutes of your time.


Summary version now available
07 December 2020

What do fundamental rights mean for people in the EU? - Fundamental Rights Survey

FRA’s Fundamental Rights Survey collected data from 35,000 people about their experiences, perceptions and opinions on a range of issues that are variously encompassed by human rights. This report presents a small selection of the survey results. It focuses on findings with respect to respondents’ opinions about human – or fundamental rights; their views and perceptions on the functioning of democratic societies – as a pillar on which human rights can flourish; and on their thoughts on and engagement with public services that have a duty to enforce human rights law and to protect people’s rights.

The results are primarily intended to inform EU institutions, Member State governments and institutions – including National Human Rights Institutions, Equality Bodies and Ombuds Institutions – alongside human rights defenders and civil society organisations, about the place of fundamental rights in EU societies – based on what people think and experience. The findings provide an evidence base to inform action on fundamental rights, which – ultimately – can be used to achieve an impact on fundamental rights in practice and to ensure the effective implementation of fundamental rights obligations.

FRA will publish further results from the survey in 2020–2021, both in report format as well as through an interactive online data explorer.

Findings Q&A

This is an overview of the main findings from the ‘What do rights mean for people in the EU?’ report drawn from FRA’s Fundamental Rights Survey. It is the first comprehensive, EU-wide survey of people’s experiences and views on fundamental rights.

See our methodology Q&A for more information on how FRA carried out the survey.


Methodology Q&A

This is a brief overview of how FRA carried out its Fundamental Rights Survey. More details will be available in the forthcoming Technical Report.

It is the first comprehensive, EU-wide survey of people’s experiences and views on fundamental rights.

See our main findings Q&A for more information on the survey results.


Respondents' quotes