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"A MAJORITY of Britons fear a “lost generation” of young people will miss out on jobs due to the economic downturn, according to a poll of 2,000 adults by Britain Thinks.
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"New research from the pollsters Britain Thinks reveals a sharp rise in concern about the impact of unemployment on young people. Of those surveyed, 71 per cent are "worried that there's a generation of young people who may never be able to get jobs because of the recession", up from 63 per cent in December 2010."
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Deborah has been quoted in an article in Corriere della Sera.
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SHARP RISE IN BRITS WORRIED ABOUT LOST GENERATION
The British public is considerably more worried about a lost generation of young people than they were two years ago, according to new polling from BritainThinks.
71% of people now agree with the statement: “I’m worried that there’s a generation of young people who may never be able to get jobs because of the recession.” This compares with 63% who agreed with the same statement in December 2010, a difference of 8%.
In addition, 56% of people now agree, “I’m worried that the next generation won’t have the opportunities that mine had.” This is 9% higher than the 47% who agreed with the same statement two years ago.
They are also less likely to agree that “my children will be better off than I am” (2010: 35%; 2012: 27%).
Founding Director Deborah Mattinson said, “Our latest polling shows just how pessimistic people in Britain are feeling about their own economic situation, but also crucially about the chances of their children. Concern about a lost generation is now an issue which cannot be ignored.”
As the economy dips back into recession, people who self define as working class are far more likely to be feeling the pinch than those who self define as middle class:
For the population as a whole, this is impacting on spending habits, with many more likely to agree “I don’t have the time or money to check up on whether the products I buy were ethically produced” (2010: 37%; 2012: 45%).
TRUST AND GOVERNMENT’S ROLE
Against this gloomy backdrop, people are more likely to agree “I don’t know who to trust nowadays” (2010: 48%; 2012: 57%).
Interestingly, they are also more sympathetic to those expecting government support, with fewer likely to likely to agree “people expect the Government to do too much for them” (2010: 53%; 2012: 47%).
Both polls were conducted using an online panel of 2,000 people, weighted to be representative of the UK population. The original polling was conducted between 11th-14th December 2010 and the updated polling was conducted between 13th-15th April 2012.
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At two recent conferences in Winchester and Birmingham, Civic Voice have given a presentation based on BritainThinks' research.
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