Two thirds of Europeans (67 percent) believe that the world used to be a better place. Italians are especially nostalgic (77 percent). The smallest percentage of people believing this is found in Poland (59 percent). In Germany, 61 percent of the population says that the world used to be better. What is striking: Europeans with nostalgic feelings tend to place themselves more to the right of the political center than non-nostalgic Europeans. They are also generally much more critical of immigration. These are the results of the latest edition in the "eupinions" survey series, whereby we regularly polls citizens across Europe on political and social issues. With a sample of 10,885 respondents, the survey is representative of the EU and its five largest Member States.
The survey shows: The older the respondents, the more nostalgic they feel. Young people under the age of 25 are the least susceptible to nostalgic feelings (52 percent), while over two-thirds of polled 56 to 65-year-olds are (70 percent). Among young people, the Italians are also the nostalgia leaders: 64 percent of them see the past in a better light than the present. Young Poles look at the present in the most positive way: Only a third (35 percent) of them are nostalgic. Across all age groups, women (47 percent) are less likely than men (53 percent) to view the past through rose-colored glasses.