Optimism about the EU’s future has plummeted in all but three of the 28 member states, most strikingly in the Netherlands and Germany, where people are now overwhelmingly negative about the outlook for the union.
According to the latest figures from the EU’s own Eurobarometer survey, the scale of optimism is lowest in Greece, where just 34 per cent are upbeat about the future of the EU, compared with 63 per cent who are pessimistic.
In Cyprus fewer than four in 10 – 37 per cent – are positive about the EU’s prospects, compared with 58 per cent who are negative.
In Austria 37 per cent are optimistic, compared with 56 per cent who are pessimistic.
In the UK, the figures are 46 per cent optimistic and 44 per cent pessimistic.
Germany has seen the biggest fall in the number of people who are optimistic about the future, with a 14 per cent drop since spring last year.
Conversely, optimism is highest in Ireland and among the eastern European countries, with 73 per cent in Romania and 70 per cent in Poland saying they are positive about the future of the EU.
The bi-annual survey conducted by the European Commission gauges public opinion across all member states.
It was carried out between November 7 and 17 last year when the refugee crisis was getting worse.
Migration is considered to be the most fundamental issue the EU must deal with.
It is mentioned by 58 per cent of those questioned – a 20 per cent increase since spring 2015.
The majority of the population in 25 of the 28 member states have a negative feeling about immigration of people from outside the EU.
Around nine in 10 Europeans said additional measures should be taken to fight illegal immigration.
Last night Arron Banks, founder of Leave.EU, said: “It is no surprise that the rest of Europe has finally woken up to the fact that the EU is a failed project. It is now clear there is a rising tide of Eurosceptic discontent across the entire Continent.
“As usual Britain is leading the way and taking decisive action by holding a referendum which will liberate us from this overbearing, archaic, expensive, bureaucratic institution.”
The Netherlands is looking to follow in Britain’s footsteps by holding its own referendum.
A Dutch opinion poll last week revealed 53 per cent want an in-out vote with 44 per cent opposed and the rest unsure.
Pollster Maurice de Hond also asked people how they would vote in a referendum.
His results showed the remain and leave groups are very close with 44 per cent saying they would vote to stay compared with 43 per cent voting to leave.
Member states also feel the image of the EU is suffering as the union struggles to survive.