Levels of optimism of the European Union in selected EU countries in 2016

This statistic shows the diversity in opinion between respondents from five EU countries as well as the United Kingdom (UK) when asked about the attitude toward the result of the EU referendum that occurred in the UK on June 23rd, 2016. Overall very few respondents were very optimistic about the “Brexit”. German respondents were the most optimistic, with 36 percent feeling fairly optimistic about the referendum result- this was 15 percent greater than that of the UK.

Would you say that you are very optimistic, fairly optimistic, fairly pessimistic or very pessimistic about the future of the European Union?

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Release date

July 2016


Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom

Survey time period

June 30 to July 5, 2016

Number of respondents

7,876 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Sample size by country:
-1820 British adults
-2045 German adults
-1008 French adults
-1019 Danish adults
-1022 Swedish adults
-962 Finnish adults

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