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Poland 2012

Poland emerges as one of the countries with the most uncomplicated attitudes to risk. Along with Greeks, they are the people who most frequently see risk as a stimulant. The majority of Polish people have a positive view of risk taking, particularly among the young, the least qualified and the lowest income bracketswho see it as a means of climbing the social ladder.

The anxiety level in Poland is lower than the European average and Polish people seem confident in the country’s dynamic economic momentum

A very moderate feeling of exposure…

  • Polish people do not feel very exposed to risk and are less pessimistic than countries such as France Italy and Greece:
  • Polish respondents consider 3/11 risks likely (versus the overall average of 4/11).
  • Although they have little protection against life accidents, Polish people appear to feel sheltered by the country’s dynamic economy
  • 58% of Polish respondents feel at least as well protected against social and economic risks now as they were 5 years ago (versus 47% overall)

A relatively low anxiety level compared with the European average

  • 7/17 risks are considered an anxiety compared with the European average of 11/17.
  • Only 43% are worried about the risk of losing their job (versus 57% overall)
  • Only 42% are worried about the risk of their spouse or partner losing their job (versus 55% overall).
  • Only 40% are worried about suffering the loss of their autonomy (versus 68% overall)
  • Only 38% are worried about the risk of permanent invalidity (versus 65% overall).

In Poland, risk taking is seen as a means of climbing the social ladder

Risk taking is highly valued…

  • 61% of Polish people consider that you must take a lot of risks in order to succeed (compared with 44% for Europeans as a whole)
  • 58% consider risk a stimulant (versus 44% overall)
  • 64% associate risk with ‘courage’ (versus 49% overall)
  • 43% associate risk with ‘luck’ (versus 37% overall)
  • …and more particularly in the lowest-income brackets
  • 60% in the lowest-income bracket see risk as a stimulant (versus 58% for the Polish as a whole)
  • 72% in the lowest-income bracket believe one should teach a child to take risks even if it could have very negative consequences (versus 68% for the Polish as a whole)

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