Synthesis 2012 > Poland
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)