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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 declined significantly in relation to 2013 (-10 points).

This overall trend, however, conceals sharp contrasts between the countries in the survey: the decline in this feeling is particularly pronounced in Poland (35%, down 23) and France (49%, down 11), although it remains an opinion that is widely shared there. The feeling of downward mobility has progressed sharply, meanwhile, in Italy (60%, up 10) and also in Germany (24%, up 17), although it remains very much a minority opinion in the latter.

These trends aside, it can be noted that it is in Italy (60%) and Spain (51%) that this feeling of downward mobility is felt most sharply. 29% of Italians and 19% of Spaniards respectively even have a feeling of “sharp downward mobility”. France is not very far from these levels with 49% who have a feeling of downward mobility, of whom 18% sharp downward mobility.

A somewhat less pronounced feeling of downward social mobility

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