Opposition to the European Union is growing across the bloc, suggesting that anti-EU sentiment extends much further than traditionally skeptical Britain.
As the U.K. gears up for a referendum on whether to remain in the club of nations it joined in 1973, a survey of more than 10,000 people across Europe showed that voters from Italy and Poland to Greece and Sweden have lost faith in the EU. People in France — one of the six founding countries — now see the bloc less favorably even than those in the U.K., as the euro-area debt crisis and refugee influx take their toll.
“The British are not the only ones with doubts about the European Union,” said Bruce Stokes, the chief author of the Washington-based Pew Research Center report published Tuesday. “The EU is again experiencing a sharp dip in public support in a number of its largest member states.”