The Country’s Key Public Services
London, 4 September 2012. A new study commissioned by National Geographic Channel, the home of factual programming in the UK, revealed today that over half of British citizens would trust themselves in a time of global crisis rather than putting their faith in the country’s authorities.
The survey, which was commissioned to mark the launch of National Geographic Channel’s series, Doomsday Preppers, starting on Wednesday 5 September at 10pm, investigated how the people in Britain and Europe would react to an impending global disaster.
When questioned on how they would act in the event of an apocalyptic catastrophe, a staggering amount of Britons (55%) stated that they would rather rely on their own resources and skills rather than relying on key public services such as the police, army or NPOs. Less than a third of us (33%) said we would trust the authorities to provide assistance in the event of a cataclysmic or natural disaster.
When faced with impending doom, the survey acknowledged that most Europeans would do things differently if they knew that something terrible was going to happen. Over a quarter (26%) declared that, when faced with a disaster, they would eat everything they wanted and a cheeky 25% admitted that they would have more sex. The same percentage also claimed that they would stop working.
The study also revealed that the main disaster keeping Brits awake at night is economic collapse (30%), proving more of a concern than the devastating effects of criminal decline (23%), terrorism (13%) and global warming (5%).
The results of the survey, which was carried out in 16 European countries, also conclude that the British consider Germany the safest country against economic collapse and the UK best protected in the event of natural disaster. However, Britons are almost half as concerned about the prevention of a natural disaster (23%) in comparison to the rest of Europe (40%).