LONDON, February 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --
Young people in the UK are far less optimistic about their future than their contemporaries around the world, according to a new survey.
The survey of 1,660 people - conducted by Streetbees, the global intelligence platform - finds that British 18 to 24-year-olds have significantly less confidence in the future than groups of the same age in six other countries - the US, Brazil, Indonesia, India, Nigeria and South Africa.
The survey finds that only 25% of young British people believe their country is optimistic about the future, against 49% who feel it is pessimistic. In addition, 41% feel their generation is less optimistic than their parents' generation.
Tugce Bulut, CEO of Streetbees, said: "Our research, conducted through conversations with real people across the world via the Streetbees app, shows that young people in the UK are clearly very worried about what their futures hold, with money, relationships, and politics being particular concerns. In contrast, their contemporaries in developing nations like India and Nigeria believe they can achieve anything."
- When asked how they felt about the future, 72% of UK young people said they were 'very optimistic' or 'quite optimistic', lower than in Nigeria (97%), Indonesia (96%), India (94%), Brazil (88%), South Africa (87%) and the US (86%). Only 23% in the UK were 'very optimistic', a much lower score than in other countries.
- When asked if they were more or less optimistic than they were at the start of last year, only 59% of UK young people said they were 'much more optimistic' or 'a little more optimistic', lower than all other countries (Indonesia 91%, Nigeria 87%, Brazil 83%, US 77%, India 69%, South Africa 69%)
- When asked if their generation is more or less optimistic than their parents', 41% of UK young people said theirs was 'a little less optimistic' or 'much less optimistic', a much higher figure than any other country (US 27%, South Africa 26%, Brazil 22%, Nigeria 15%, India 15%, Indonesia 3%)
- When asked how optimistic their country as a whole is about the future, only 25% of UK young people said the outlook was 'very optimistic' or 'quite optimistic', far lower than any other country (South Africa 36%, Brazil 54%, US 56%, Nigeria 67%, India 80%, Indonesia 87%)
When asked 'What three things are you most concerned with right now?':
- UK young people were least likely to say 'work' (50%): Indonesia (75%), Brazil (68%), Nigeria (58%), US (57%), South Africa (55%), India (53%)
- UK young people were most likely to say 'the political situation in their own country' (19%): Brazil (15%), US (9%), South Africa (9%), Nigeria (8%), India (7%), Indonesia (7%)
- UK young people were also most likely to say 'the political situation globally' (19%): Brazil (6%), Indonesia (6%), US (5%), South Africa (5%), India (4%), Nigeria (2%)