Tre av fem briter sier de knapt kjenner igjen sitt eget land. De kaller Storbritannia for et «broken country», og 42 prosent vil gjerne emigrere. Disse alarmerende tallene fremgår av en ny meningsmåling gjort for the Times. Det er særlig kvinner, folk fra arbeiderklassen og Tory-velgere som er desillusjonerte.
Nearly three fifths of voters say that they hardly recognise the country they are living in, while 42 per cent say they would emigrate if they could.
But worries over the pace of social change and dislocation are balanced by the belief that life will get better, according to the survey undertaken at the weekend.
It suggests that 70 per cent believe that society is now broken, echoing a Conservative campaign theme of the past two years, while 68 per cent say people who play by the rules get a raw deal and 82 per cent think it is time for a change.
Det er tilliten til systemet som er rokket. 64 prosent mener landet beveger seg i feil retning, mot bare 31 prosent som mener kursen er riktig. Det er en ganske klar melding.
Likevel sier 60 prosent at de ser positivt på fremtiden, mens 38 frykter den. Folk er nesten delt på midten i synet på om landet har hatt det bedre før. Politikk har blitt et dirty ord.
Overall, 64 per cent think that Britain is going in the wrong direction and just 31 per cent believe it is on the right track.
This is a widely used measure of mood in the United States where 57 per cent of people think America is going wrong and 37 per cent believe it is on the right track.
It is not all gloom. Three fifths (60 per cent) of those polled say they look to the future with optimism, against 38 per cent who are looking forward with anxiety. While 45 per cent say Britain’s best years are behind us, 50 per cent say that they are still to come.
More than half the public (55 per cent) say that their children’s lives will be better than their own, while 37 per cent say that they will be worse.
Voters’ main fire is directed at political institutions: 73 per cent say politics is broken in Britain and 77 per cent say there are far fewer people in public life that they admire than there used to be. The poll suggests anger at MPs who have had to repay expenses. A third say that they will vote against their local MP if he or she had been required to repay money.