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A national Prospect/YouGov poll shows Britain to be deeply concerned about civil unrest and long-term unemployment: and in favour of national civic service

By James Crabtree   March 2009

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It seems that we Brits are in a deep funk—even by our habitually glum standards. Prospect asked pollsters YouGov to gauge views about the current slump. Astonishingly, more than one third of respondents predicted riots similar to those sparked in Greece in December, with 37 per cent agreeing that “there will be serious social unrest in British cities,” requiring the army to restore order. Older citizens—those with the longest memories, perhaps—are most pessimistic of all, with nearly half fearing trouble on the streets.

2,270 adults were polled across England, Scotland and…

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