Europe Elects


Europe Elects is a poll aggregator[1] that collects and publishes election-related data such as opinion polls in European countries.

Europe Elects
Type of site
Data journalism
Available inEnglish
HeadquartersOberroßbach, Germany
Area servedEurope
Founder(s)Tobias Gerhard Schminke
EditorJulius Lehtinen
Industry
URLeuropeelects.eu
Launched2014 (2014)
Current statusactive

Genesis and history


Europe Elects was founded in 2014 as a Twitter account. The project quickly rose to prominence as it was the first account that gathered European polling and election data in one spot.[2] In 2017, founder Tobias Gerhard Schminke recruited a team that ran the social media account with him.[3] From there the operations expanded to other social media platforms and formalized into a start-up.[4] Europe Elects states on its website that 100% of the income made is reinvested into the project.[5]

The team behind Europe Elects has 36 members from around the globe.[6]

Format


The organization publishes polls done by polling companies in all European countries and its subdivisions in order to show both the level of support for national parties as well as for the European Union in each country. Europe Elects's visualization of the data is unique as it uses standardized labels and colours for national parties of one European Parliament group across national borders. The publications regularly point out the affiliation of national parties with their respective European Parliament groups, which has been adopted by other media outlets over time.[7] Furthermore, overviews of the positions of the single parties and candidates are being provided.[8]

Europe Elects publishes on the basis of the collected data a European projection for the European Parliament on a regular basis and shows how the results as if there were elections on that day. After the 2019 European Parliament election, Europe Elects claimed to have had the most precise forecast for the European Parliament.[9]

In 2019, the platform launched the Europe Elects Podcast that is published on a bi-weekly basis. Every episode the team contextualizes the latest polling data from Europe and interview experts to talk about the polling data, elections, and democracy in Europe. In the past, the podcast hosted opinion polling analysts like Matt Singh, politicians such as Andreas Nick, or political scientists like Cas Mudde.[10][11]

In 2019 and 2020, America Elects, Oceania Elects, Africa Elects, and Asia Elects were launched. Asia Elects received attention in the context of the Hong Kong local elections, being quoted in media such as the Washington Post.[12][13]

Spread and perception


Results published by the organization are frequently cited on Euronews, and it is considered a major media source concerning the European Parliament.[14][15] Europe Elects is quoted frequently in both European[16][17][18][19] and worldwide publications,[20][21][22][23] is represented in the Centre for European Policy Studies[24][25] and is a constant source for journalism concerning European politics.[26][27]

The platform has 130,000 followers on its social media and is expanding to other continents.[28]

See also


References


  1. "Russians vote in local elections in key test for ruling party". September 13, 2020. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  2. "Changes in European Party Affiliations Look Set to Shake Up The European Parliament". July 6, 2018. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  3. "Launching Our New Podcast Partnership: Interview with Euan Healey from Europe Elects". August 30, 2020. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
  4. "Tobias Gerhard Schminke: Von treffpunkteuropa.de zu Europe Elects". March 4, 2020. Retrieved March 4, 2020.
  5. "Our Team". 2020. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  6. "Alum wins award for master's thesis on 'Labour-centred development and decent work' - Europe Elects". Saint Mary's University. May 1, 2020. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  7. "Tobias Gerhard Schminke: Von treffpunkteuropa.de zu Europe Elects". March 4, 2020. Retrieved March 4, 2020.
  8. "National Politics Archives - Europe Elects". Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  9. "Europe Elects with most accurate projection for the 2019 EU election". August 9, 2019. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  10. "Europe Elects Podcast". 2020. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  11. "Launching Our New Podcast Partnership: Interview with Euan Healey from Europe Elects". August 30, 2020. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
  12. "Hong Kong's stunning vote deepens China's conundrum". Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  13. "Interview with Europe Elects". Retrieved June 20, 2021.
  14. O'Malley, James; Randerson, James (March 7, 2019). "The Brussels Twitter bubble — an illustrated guide". Politico Europe. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  15. "Europa United Eurochat podcast episode 9 – Interview with Tobias Gerhard Schminke from Europe Elects". Europa United (Communicating Europe – Europa United working in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland). September 6, 2019. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  16. "Spain - Last Spanish polls before election suggest gridlock could continue". Euronews. November 4, 2018. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  17. Ehrich, Issio (November 9, 2018). "Kampf um das EU-Parlament - In Europa gibt es keinen grünen Höhenflug". n-tv. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  18. Dall'Orto, Bartolo (January 11, 2019). "Elezioni europee, la Lega primo partito d'Europa - Secondo le proiezioni di Europe Elects sulle elezioni europee, la Lega avrebbe il maggior numero di deputati all'Europarlamento". Il Giornale. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  19. Nilsson, Lennart (March 19, 2019). "EU-valet 2019: Snabba svar på de 7 vanligaste frågorna". Expressen. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  20. McGee, Luke (February 9, 2019). "On Brexit, the EU isn't strong enough to be weak right now". CNN. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  21. Bershidsky, Leonid (December 30, 2018). "Europe's Left Nearly Died in 2018. Here's How It Can Rise. - Despite shrinking support, traditional leftist parties still have an important cause to fight for. The tools to win are hiding in plain sight". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  22. Smith, Alexander (October 26, 2019). "Brexit: Europeans in Brussels say Britain must make a decision on E.U. divorce - "Either they want to stay or they want to leave, which is it?" said one person in Brussels this week". NBC News. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  23. "Grad student helms influential Europe Elects site". Saint Mary's University (Halifax). July 11, 2019. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  24. "EIR Newsletter" (PDF). Centre for European Policy Studies. February 21, 2019. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  25. "Tobias Gerhard Schminke, Founder, Europe Elects". Centre for European Policy Studies. February 21, 2019. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  26. "Useful data - Europe Elects". EDJNet - the European Data Journalism Network. November 14, 2019. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  27. https://anchor.fm/europaunitedeurochat/episodes/Europa-United-Eurochat-podcast-episode-17---Irish-General-Election-2020-special-eai934
  28. "Alum wins award for master's thesis on 'Labour-centred development and decent work' - Europe Elects". Saint Mary's University. May 1, 2020. Retrieved May 2, 2020.