More than half of young Europeans say they would join a “large scale uprising” against the elite, a massive poll has found.
A whopping 580,000 respondents in 35 different countries were asked; “Would you actively participate in large-scale uprising against the generation in power if it happened in the next days or months?”
More than half of 18- to 34-year-olds said that they would.
The sentiment is likely to be driven by a number of factors, including Europe’s chronic rates of youth unemployment, which have spiked as high as over 50% in Greece and Spain.
Greece, Spain and Italy top the poll, with over 60% in all three countries saying they would join a large scale uprising against the establishment.
Even in sleepy Belgium and prosperous Switzerland, the figure is higher than 40%.
Respondents in France, where 61% said they would rebel, blamed corruption, high taxes and “too many rich people” for their discontent.
The Quartz study also pinpoints “voter apathy” and being “sick of the status quo” as reasons for why so many young people are ready to engage in civil unrest.
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