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Brits are 'angrier' since the 2016 referendum, study says

Brits are 'angrier' since the 2016 referendum, study says

Britons have become "angrier about politics and society" since the 2016 EU referendum, making the UK feel "deeply divided and uneasy with itself," according to a new survey.
29.01.2019 - 08:55

According to a survey which suggests there is widespread unhappiness about the direction in which the country is heading, Britons have become angrier since the referendum to leave the EU. Trust in both UK Prime Minister Theresa May and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has dropped.

“We are a disunited Kingdom: a country that is seen as increasingly unfair, less tolerant and headed in the wrong direction," Ed Williams, PR agency’s chief executive, said in a statement published Monday.


Sixty-nine percent of respondents said they felt their fellow citizens had become “angrier about politics and society” since the Brexit vote in 2016, according to the Edelman Trust Barometer, a long-established, annual survey of trust carried out across the globe. Forty percent of people think others are now more likely to take part in violent protests, the UK results from the survey show, even though violent political protest in Britain is rare. One person in six said they had fallen out with friends or relatives over the vote to leave the bloc, the survey found.

Overall, about 65% of Britons think the country is “on the wrong track”, the survey suggests. Amongst remain voters, the figure is 82%, but even among leave voters the figure is 43%.

Some 60% of people who identify with the Conservatives think the country is heading in the right direction, but among Labour identifiers, the figure is just 20%.