Who thinks what about the European Union? We’ve covered the European Commission’s own polling on the matter before now, which suggests that
Britain is the most Eurosceptic nation of them all. And today that impression is reinforced by a exhaustive YouGov Cambridge survey conducted across seven European countries, including our own. I’d
recommend that CoffeeHousers’ sift through the full results "http://d25d2506sfb94s.cloudfront.net/cumulus_uploads/document/6xufjlailj/Eurozone%20Crisis%20-%20Cross-Country%20Report_06-Mar-2012_F.pdf">here, to discover nuggets such as that Brits are over
twice as likely as the other participating nationalities to describe the EU as a ‘dictatorship’. But here are some of the main findings anyway:
1. Still the most Eurosceptic of them all. The main divide is between those countries that want more EU integration and those that want less. On this measure, Britain is starkly
more Eurosceptic than the others:
And this shows in some of the survey’s other findings too. For instance, 54 per cent of British respondents are opposed to the creation of a ‘single European military’, against 28 per
cent of Germans.
2. A looser relationship rather than no relationship. But, when you look more closely at British Euroscepticism, a ‘looser relationship’ with the EU is more popular
3. The popularity of referenda. 60 per cent of Brits think we should hold a referendum to decide on our country’s ‘relationship with the EU’ — so no surprise there, then.
But it’s striking how this support carries across the other countries too:
Also, 68 per cent of Brits think we should leave the EU if that’s what the majority wants — the highest proportion among any of the responding countries.
4. The global popularity league. If you like how the Eurovision song contest exposes international enmities, then you’ll love the findings on page 13 of the survey. YouGov presents
a list of 12 countries, and asks, ‘how favourable you feel, if at all, towards their influence on the world stage’. And here are the overall results:
For all the ‘freedom fries’ brouhaha of a decade ago, it turns out that American influence is actually quite popular in France.
5. Economic woes and a cutting divide. Oh dear, British people are as downbeat about our economy as the Italians are about theirs:
Which may help to explain this:
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