Almost half of the European populace believes that the living conditions worsened since their countries became a part of the European Union, according to a poll published on Monday in the online version of Financial Times. The European Union celebrates on March 25 its 50th birthday.

According to the study, only 25% of Europeans said that felt an improvement in their countries’ life standards after the accession to the EU.

EU states inhabitants are quite pessimistic when it comes to the role EU plays in their countries’ matters but also feel that things would not improve significantly in case the country withdraws from the organization.

22% of the respondents in UK, France, Italy and Spain believe things would work better outside EU, while 40% believe things would turn to worse.