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The United Kingdom stagnates

"Stagnation" is the right word to sum up the present situation in the United Kingdom, both with regard to the available objective economic data (flat consumption and growth) and with regard to sentiment.

The anxiety level in the UK remains moderate compared with the European average even though anxiety is growing in most areas. Financial risks continue to be the greatest source of anxiety (46%; down by 5 points however) but the British are less worried about the risk of unemployment than people in other European countries (29% versus the European average of 38%).

The sense of vulnerability to the crisis is also less pronounced in the UK than the European average. Fewer British people feel that they are at greater risk of experiencing financial difficulties, losing their job or sliding into precarity than they were five years ago.

The British nonetheless remain cautious, with a wait and see attitude to risk taking: a significant majority now view risk as a danger (59%; +7) and the British are the firmest believers that to be successful you should ‘be careful not to take too many risks’ (69%; +3). They are also fewer than last year to consider that they themselves take risks (59%; -7).

The United Kingdom stagnates

Regards d'experts

guillemet début The pragmatism of the British is based on a sort of common-sense liberalism. They adapt.

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guillemet début In the United Kingdom, when you look at the attitudes of different generations it is striking to see that the Y generation has very different expectations concerning the welfare state, who only receive the support of a third of British people born after 1979, against more than 6 in 10 people among baby boomers.

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guillemet début People in the United Kingdom are very attached to their healthcare system - however, and this is more recent, solidarity towards persons in distress has broken down. This holds particularly true for social policies regarding unemployment, housing and family.

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