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Germany: although the feeling of exposure to risk is low with a strong feeling of protection, the anxiety level is very high, with a genuine aversion to risk

Like in France, Spain and Italy, a majority of Germans consider that risk is a danger to be avoided (56%). In their minds, the term risk is associated above all with ‘danger’ (75%). Germans also most frequently associate risk with ‘irresponsibility’ (59% versus 40% overall). The term is seldom associated with words such as ‘luck’ (22% versus 37% overall).

Germans also most frequently consider that it is better to be very careful and not take a risk if there is a price to pay in the event of failure (72% versus 44% on average). In this respect, Germany contrasts very sharply with Greece where only 29% hold that view.

Also, in response to the lottery question (respondents were asked to choose between three lotteries whose gains are inversely proportional to the probability of winning), Germans, together with the British, are the most risk adverse: the majority chose the lottery that offers the smallest gains but the greatest likelihood of winning (58% versus the overall average of 51%).

Germany: the feeling of exposure to risk is low

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