James Blitz in London and Ben Hall in Paris, FT.com
Nearly seven in 10 Britons believe the welfare state will do less for them and their families over the next decade than in the previous one as a result of the fiscal crisis and the need to cut public spending, according to a survey for the Financial Times.
A Harris poll asked people in Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the US to assess their prospects for the next 10 years in a number of areas.
The poll finds that Britons are not quite as gloomy about the prospects for the next decade as the French, who are markedly more pessimistic on a range of fronts than their counterparts in the European Union and the US. However, Britain is the regular runner-up to France.
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Britons vie with French for pessimism