A PESSIMISTIC NATION: Britons most troubled by direction of their country


Ilford, United Kingdom



In a country heavily divided by Brexit, politics and a whole host of other things, the British public probably may not be considered to be in the most enviable of positions today, and it appears they are now a nation of pessimists troubled by the direction they are heading down, according to a poll by the survey and opinion collection research agency Ipsos MORI, today reported exclusively by HEM News Agency.

Ipsos MORI’s chief executive Ben Page, also a visiting professor at King’s College London according to his Twitter bio, published a graph based on the results of a survey of 19,520 adults aged between 16 and 64 from twenty-eight different countries. The poll showed that 78 per cent of Britons felt that their country was on the wrong track, with only less than a quarter (22%) feeling that the United Kingdom is moving in the right direction. Commenting on the results of the poll which concluded in June of this year, Page tweeted that the British “are now the most pessimistic in the world about the direction of their country…”

In comparison, the country with the most confidence in its belief that it is heading the right way is the People’s Republic of China, where 94 per cent of respondents were positive about the future, and only six per cent expressing negativity. In second place in the negativity charts is France, with 77 per cent of respondents feeling that their country is sliding backwards. For the UK, the data indicated a drop of four per cent in national confidence in the space of a month, according to Ipsos MORI. Looking at the average score globally, 58 per cent of citizens felt the world was heading in the wrong direction versus 42 per cent disagreeing.



HEM News Agency, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/halfeatenmind

“Londoners” – Wind Smoke, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/windsmoke_uk/lists/londoners

Sophie Petzal (Waiting for Peaky Blinders), Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/Sonic_Screwup

Gavin Esler, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/gavinesler

Ben Page, Ipsos MORI  , Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/benatipsosmori

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