Ahead of a historic vote to stay in or leave the European Union, fewer than four in 10 Britons approve of the EU’s leadership. Nearly half of those aged 50 or older approve, compared with 29% of Britons aged 15 to 29.
37% of Britons approve of EU leadership
Nearly half of Britons aged 50 or older, 46%, approve of EU leadership
Approval is far lower among youngest Britons, 29%
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Britons cast their votes in a referendum Thursday that will determine whether the United Kingdom stays in the European Union. While recent reports suggest the “Brexit” vote will be too close to call, Gallup in February and March found firm majority disapproval of the EU’s leadership among Britons. Fewer than four in 10 Britons (37%) approved of the EU’s leadership at the time — consistent with Britons’ dismal approval ratings for almost a decade.