Most Europeans believe that the crisis will worsen next year. Despite the official message that economies clearly begin to grow next year, people still believe that the worst is yet to come, according to a European survey conducted in April by Ipsos and Publicis.
At the head of pessimism are the French with 73% of them who believe things will get worse and, paradoxically, the Spanish are the most optimistic: 40% of respondents believe that in a year the situation will improve, compared to 60% who believe it will not. A total of 47% believe things will take a turn for the worse and 13%, much worse.
Within the 75% average fearing a worsening situation, the nuances are important. Of all respondents, the majority (55%) believe that the problems will go worse, but a worrying 20% ??are convinced that everything will be much worse. Only 2% think that the difficulties may end next year.
After French pessimism lies Italian and British (76% of respondents say that they still expect a worsening). No country shows less pessimism than Spain. Resistance to believe that the worst is yet to come probably has to do with the conviction that they have made many sacrifices and that the situation may not deteriorate further.
Optimism may be the only encouraging fact of Spain, one of the six countries (together with France, Germany, Italy, UK and Poland) where the survey was performed. Because beyond belief in an eventual exit from the crisis, the Spanish show the greatest misgivings about the reforms that are being implemented. A total of 76% of them believe that those changes will have a negative impact on the economy and society.
They are followed by Italians, with 71%. Overall, more than half of Europeans adds to this thesis, which calls into question the future benefits of change. Only the Poles are overwhelmingly in favor of changing long-term benefit (76%).
Citizens actually have a sense opposite to that offered by politicians. Only 39% of respondents believe that the crisis will make the necessary reforms, while the rest observed difficulties as an obstacle to necessary change as an opportunity.
Only the Germans, far from the turmoil that have shaken most of Europe, believe that the economic downturn is an opportunity to implement these reforms (57% of total), probably because they believe that other countries are the ones having to apply them.
Two out of three respondents believe their countries will come out weaker from this period of economic hardship. Of them, 27% believe that will be particularly weak. Again, the Spanish are the leaders of this diagnosis, with 76%, followed by Italians (73%) and French (74%).
The crisis also leaves a sense of helplessness about the ability to control their lives. Half of Europeans believe that they only have a small amount of control, while 10% consider they don’t have any. Spanish and Italians are particularly convinced that they lack this ability. Only in Germany the majority of citizens believe that they control their own lives, but the percentage is very tight (51%).
When assigning responsibilities, Europeans are very critical mainly with governments. Only a minority (29%) believe that their executives are proposing constructive solutions to address the crisis. The best reviews to their own authorities are from the Germans (54% supports the actions taken) and then come the British (40%).
Membership of the European Union has increasingly less appreciation. While still a majority, only 52% of those surveyed believed that belonging to the community club is advantageous. The Germans and the British, less affected by the crisis, see it as an obstacle. These two groups are joined by the Italians (53%), a fact that reveals how the difficulties and the perception that the cuts come from Europe have changed the perception in a country of European tradition.