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Two-thirds of Europeans believe ‘things are getting worse’

Two-thirds of Europeans believe that the world used to be a better place, according to an Eupinions survey.

Italians were particularly nostalgic, with 77% finding the past better.

‘Nostalgic’ Europeans often appear more rightwing and are generally more critical of immigration, the survey found.

Support for EU membership was higher, at 82%, among non-nostalgics than among nostalgics (67%).

Head of the survey, Isabelle Hoffman said that “nostalgia is an indication of high levels of insecurity in society.”

53% of Europeans think migrants “take jobs” from the locals. Only 45% believe that “immigration is good for the economy”.

People between 56-65 years of age are the most nostalgic with 70%.  The rate for people under 25 is at 52%.

Also, men with 53% are more nostalgic than women, who are at 47%.

10,855 people from France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain participated in the survey.

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