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Germany: Parents do not believe in better life for their children

In view of the environmental, economic and social crises, many parents in Germany do not believe that their children will one day be better off than they are.

Berlin - This is the result of a survey by the Opaschowski Institute for Future Issues (OIZ), about which the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland reports. According to this, more than three quarters (78 percent) of the parents 'generation between the ages of 25 and 49 are concerned with the explanation: "In the future, it will be more difficult for the younger generation to live just as secure and prosperous as the parents' generation." Those over 50 are more pessimistic, and 84 percent agree with this statement.

What is striking is the difference between respondents who live in the city and in the country. Among the cities, 80 percent do not believe that today's children will later experience at least as much prosperity as they do themselves. In the case of people who live in rural areas, the figure is as high as 91 percent.

The generation of parents who grew up in the 1970s to 1990s now even expects a development in prosperity at the expense of the next generation. In these "uncertain times", more than two thirds (69 percent) of those born between 1972 and 1996 feel: "The fat years are over". Here, too, those over 50, at 79 percent, are even more pessimistic when it comes to the generation of grandchildren.

With this statement, people living in rural areas are apparently a little more optimistic (72 percent) than those in large cities (76 percent). Futurologist Horst Opaschowski said: "After the generation change, there is a threat of a turnaround in prosperity. Cities and municipalities will no longer be able to comply with the social standards that they grant today to their parents and grandparents. The result: the adult generation lives at the expense of the younger generation and receives social benefits today that will become a permanent burden for future generations tomorrow." For the survey, 1,000 people aged 14 and over in Germany were interviewed from May 24th to June 6th, 2021.

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