Michel Barnier rated as the most effective Commissioner by MEPs
MEPs have rated Michel Barnier most effective from a list of eleven prominent European Commissioners in a new survey conducted by ComRes. 25% MEPs said that Mr Barnier was ‘effective’ (a score of 4 out of 5), while a further 20% said that he was ‘extremely effective’ (5 out of 5). Of the eleven Commissioners tested, British High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton received the lowest rating from MEPs; only 11% said that she was either ‘effective’ or ‘extremely effective’.
The survey, among a representative sample of 105 MEPs drawn from all regions and party groups, was conducted using the ComRes Europoll™ MEPs Panel. MEPs were asked to “rate each of the following Commissioners according to how effective you believe them to be in their areas of responsibility”.
President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso was perceived to be moderately effective but came near the bottom of the ranking, with 47% of MEPs giving him a score of 3 or 4 out of 5. Higher performers included Janusz Lewandowski (an average score of 3.23) and Joaquin Almunia (3.21).
ComRes surveyed 105 MEPs between 1 September and 21 October 2011. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.