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What are the French afraid of this week?

Another one of those 'only in France' surveys:

"When you think about the future, which things worry you most?"

And top of the list is 'That my children won't be happy'. Yes, really, 45% name this. While this would suggest that our Gallic chums are devoted parents, after a brief adjustment to my cynical hat, I reckon that an awful lot of Gauls would have felt compelled to choose that from the options offered. Next up is 'illness' at 39%, 'damage to the environment' at 38% and 'unemployment' at 38%. Elsewhere, ageing (19%) is not popular nor loneliness (7%).

The demographic breakdown goes no further than age groups, alas, but note that 18/24 year olds worry most about the environment and unemployment, and are not overly worried about the happiness or otherwise of their progeny. 25-34 year olds are most exercised by whichever green scare is current, 35-49 year olds lie awake worrying about their rugrats, as do 50-64 year olds. Those over 65 are nervous about being ill, and - relatively speaking - have decided that their kids' happiness is not really their concern.

Shame there's no breakdown by voting, as that would have been most entertaining.

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Blogger James Higham said... 12:12 pm

That's all pretty well what you'd expect and I don't think it would differ all that much over here. Do you think it would?  



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