People in Britain continue to believe that the European Union (EU) has been harmful for their country, and almost half would vote to take the United Kingdom out of the continental group, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative national sample of 2,004 British adults, 54 per cent of respondents believe that EU membership has been negative for the United Kingdom, while only one third (33%) deem it positive.

A majority of Britons have expressed negative views on the EU in five separate surveys conducted by Angus Reid Public Opinion since December 2010.

Almost half of respondents (46%) say they would vote against the UK remaining a member of the EU if a referendum on this matter were held tomorrow, while just 29 per cent would vote to keep the UK in the EU.

The proportion of Britons who would be willing to adopt the euro as the national currency remains in single digits (6%), while four-in-five (81%) would vote against any change.

Respondents aged 18-to-34 are more likely to believe that EU membership has been positive for Britain (45%) than middle-aged respondents (31%) and those over the age of 55 (24%). Still, the notion of joining the eurozone is rejected by sizeable majorities in all three age demographics.

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Mario Canseco, Vice President, Angus Reid Public Opinion
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Methodology: From August 9 to August 10, 2012, Angus Reid Public Opinion conducted an online survey among 2,004 randomly selected British adults who are Springboard UK panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 2.2%. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and region data to ensure samples representative of the entire adult population of Great Britain. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.