Citizens of the largest E.U. countries are generally pessimistic about the future of the 28-nation bloc and fearful the world may be hurtling towards global conflict, according to a new survey by online polling firm YouGov in conjunction with Handelsblatt Global.
After a year of political surprises and populist gains across the western world, a majority of citizens in Britain, France, Germany and four Scandinavian countries are either “fairly” or “very” pessimistic about the future of the European Union, according to the survey. Those polled in Britain, France, Germany and the United States also think a “global war” is more likely than not.
A majority in each country surveyed said they don’t expect Britain will be the last country to leave the bloc, while most people in each country except Germany expected their domestic economic situation to deteriorate rather than improve next year.
Support for the European Union has slipped, though most people outside of Britain still favor staying in the bloc. Six months after Britain’s Brexit vote, the YouGov/Handelsblatt Global poll found Britain is still as split as ever on E.U. membership.