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Allensbach study: 30- to 59-year-olds see social development negative


Four out of five middle-aged respondents see social developments as negative. Selfishness and diminishing respect are causing concern, according to a study.

The middle-class in Germany is almost never economically viable, but the 30- to 59-year-olds are increasingly seeing social developments as negative. This is the result of a published survey by the Allensbach Institute for Demoscopy.

"Aggression and egoism, less and less respect and a growing xenophobia worry the middle generation," said Allensbach CEO Renate Köcher. Four out of five respondents (81 percent) noted increasing aggression in social interaction.

According to the survey, two out of three respondents (68 percent) of the middle generation believe that xenophobia is on the rise. Just as many note a growing disrespect in everyday intercourse. Rising aggressiveness towards police officers and rescue workers is also being observed by 74 percent of respondents. Two-thirds feel that social cohesion is weak, with only 18 percent perceiving it as large.

For the mid-generation, the authors count more than 35 million 30- to 59-year-olds. They are in the middle of working life, educate children and finance social security systems. They represent 70 percent of the workforce and generate over 80 percent of taxable income.

Source: zeit

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