Poll on public sentiment sees Greeks most downbeat

Poll on public sentiment sees Greeks most downbeat

Greeks are among the most pessimistic people in the world, according to the findings of a survey by the Pew Research Center which found that many Europeans as well as Japanese and Americans feel better about their national economies now than before the global financial crisis nearly a decade ago.

Questioned about their national economy, only 2 percent of Greeks were upbeat, the lowest rate among the 32 countries polled.

The Dutch, Germans, Swedes and Indians see their national economies in the most positive light, with more than 80 percent expressing optimism.

The Pew survey also detected widespread concern about the future. A median of just 41 percent said they believed that a child in their country today would grow up to be better off financially than their parents.

The most pessimistic about prospects for the next generation are the French (9 percent), the Japanese (19 percent) and the Greeks (21 percent).

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