Bandeau
Synthesis 2015 > A great feeling of vulnerability, but one which is easing

A great feeling of vulnerability, but one which is easing

While the majority of Europeans remain convinced that they run a greater risk of encountering financial difficulties (59%) or falling into job insecurity (53%) than they did 5 years ago, these feelings have eased (down by 3 points and 6 points respectively on 2013).

The fear of falling into job insecurity is easing, notably in those places where it is the strongest: in Poland (72% fear such a situation, down 9 points on 2013), in Spain (57%, down 15 points) and in France (53%, down 8). In Italy, this worry remains unchanged on 2013 (69%), although down on the figure recorded in 2012 (76%).

The feeling of being protected against these risks has changed rather little, on the other hand: 41% of Europeans still consider themselves less well protected than 5 years ago (up 1 point on 2013). The Italians remain the most critical in this respect (67% note a deterioration, although that figure is 2 points down on 2013 and 6 points down on 2012), ahead of the French, a majority of whom now consider themselves less well protected (52%, up 11 points on 2013, up 15 points on 2012).

A great feeling of vulnerability, but one which is easing



Recommended Summaries

Still just as risk averse

In the eyes of a majority of Europeans, risk-taking is still considered a danger to be avoided (60%, up 1 point on 2013). Only 40% of them would tend to [...]

2015 0

The spectre of unemployment still present but a little less of a threat

When surveyed about the risks that worry them most, Europeans no longer place unemployment in the top three. It only comes in 4th position (29%), a long [...]

2015 0

A somewhat less pronounced feeling of downward social mobility

While a relative majority of Europeans still have a feeling of downward social mobility when compared to their parents at the same age (40%), this has [...]

2015 0

United Kingdom

Although the British tend to feel less vulnerable this year, they remain as deeply risk-averse as in 2013. The development of collaborative consumption [...]

2015 0

France

The French are increasingly risk-averse, paralysed by their fear of being insufficiently protected. In France, the feeling of downward mobility has [...]

2015 0

Italy

Despite the fact the Italian economy is showing few encouraging signs, the recovery of the country remains fragile. The impact of the crisis on Italian [...]

2015 0

Back to top

Français