The results of a Europe wide poll shows when it comes to our
image of the EU, the UK is divided. The Government has commitment
to hold an 'in-out' referendum on Britain's membership of the
European Union by the end of 2017. This Eurobarometer study by
Kantar's TNS Opinion highlights how closely fought that vote is
likely to be. 1,306 UK residents were asked how they feel about
Europe, and the results show 32% feel positively, 37% feel
neutrally and 28% feel negatively.
Brits are more negative about Europe than countries such as
Germany (17% negative), Ireland (12%) and Poland (7%), but
unsurprisingly, less negative than Cyprus (42%) and Greece
When asked about the future of the EU, again we're a divided
nation, with 49% feeling optimistic and 43% feeling pessimistic.
Compared to the rest of Europe we're the third least optimistic
country in Europe, only Cyprus and Greece feel less optimistic
about the future of the EU. Ireland is the most optimistic country
(77% optimistic about the future) closely followed by Romania
The study also asked whether people think their voice counts in
the European Union. On this, 31% of Brits agreed that their voice
counts, this is considerably lower than countries like Sweden
(69%), Denmark (68%) and Hungry (64%).
Visit the Eurobarometer website to see the data in
Source : Kantar TNS