Ed Williams
Ed Williams

The Brits are mad as hell and ready to storm the gates, thanks to the ongoing Brexit mess, according to a survey conducted by Edelman's London office.

Nearly seven in ten (69 percent) of respondents are "angrier about politics and society" since the June 23, 2016 vote to leave or remain part of the European Union. 

Fifty-two percent of Brits voted to exit.

Forty percent of respondents say it's more likely that people in the UK will engage in violent protest.

Ed Williams, CEO of Edelman UK & Ireland, said the poll results depict a "disunited kingdom." 

The Brexit tally "has exposed fractures that have split families and divided friends, made us meaner and angrier as a society, and stoked fears of violent protest and civil disorder," Williams said in a statement about the survey.

The Edelman UK poll, which is a supplement to its 2019 Trust Barometer, finds trust in Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbin is on the skids. 

Only 35 percent believe May will do the right thing, while Corbin checks in at 25 percent. Even supporters of those politicos are throwing in the towels. May's trust among Conservatives dipped 10 percent. Labour party members' trust in Corbin dropped 12 percent to 56 percent.

There is a bright spot.  

Though 60 percent of Brits are fed up with Brexit, they are tuning in, not turning off, political news.

Since the referendum, 29 percent read/watch political news more than they used to, and 23 percent are now more vocal about politics.

Why the upswing? It's because 71 percent say they try to keep up to date on developments. Are they turning to the news for fresh material to fuel their anger?

But of course, the sour Brits aren't in the mood to toss accolades on the media. More than half (55 percent) believe their views are not represented in the British media.

Edelman says its research shows people in the UK feel betrayed by politics and politicians. They are anxious that the UK is traveling in the wrong direction and have a hunger for more fairness in society.

Doesn't that sound all too familiar?