Many citizens feel disconnected from the EU and its institutions, according to a survey by pollsters Gallup.
The opinion poll examined how Europe’s economic crisis has affected public attitudes in six countries – Germany, France, Poland, Denmark, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
The survey found that only a minority of people say the situation in Europe is heading in the right direction (17% in France, 23% in the UK and 34% in the Netherlands).
When asked whether young people would have more or less opportunities in the future, the majority of those surveyed (52% in Poland, 55% in Germany, 72% in France) said less rather than more.
However, when asked how they would vote in a referendum on continued EU membership, only in the UK did a majority say they would vote to leave (55%). The Netherlands is split: 39% would vote to leave and 39% would vote to stay. In other countries more people said they would vote to stay in the EU than to leave.
The survey is the first in a series in the run up to the European Parliament elections in 2014.