Greeks very pessimistic, but not so much about their children’s futures

Greeks are among the most pessimistic people in a 39-country survey by the Washington-based Pew Research Center, though they see a less bleak future for their children than the French do.

The survey published on Tuesday found that Greeks were nearly unanimous in calling their country’s economic situation very or somewhat bad (99 percent) and in saying they were dissatisfied with the way things are going there (97 percent). They also overwhelmingly agreed that their personal finances were in bad shape (85 percent), with more than half saying that they expected both the national economy and their personal finances to worsen over the next 12 months (64 percent and 54 percent, respectively).

However, when asked about how they see their children’s futures, a lower 67 percent said they expect the next generation to be worse off than their parents, coming fifth on the scale behind Japan, Britain and Italy. This scale is topped by France, where 90 percent saw a bleak future for the next generation.