Affluents are content with current personal situation
Current personal financial situation
8 in 10 Affluents describe their own financial situation as (somewhat) good, which is much higher than amongst non-Affluents (64%). Affluents from Nordic countries, Germany and Austria are most positive about their own personal situation. Russian Affluents are least happy with their personal situation.
Most Affluents believe the economy in Europe is ‘(somewhat) bad’
Current economy in Europe
60% of the Affluents rate the current economy in Europe as ‘(somewhat) bad’, while among non-Affluents this is 50%. 1 in 3 Affluents believes the European economy is ‘(somewhat) good’. This also goes for non-Affluents. Eastern European Affluents are most positive about the European economy.
Affluents are inconclusive about economy in own country
Current economy in country
Nearly 1 out of 2 Affluents (47%) consider the economic situation in their country of residence is ‘(somewhat) bad’. An equal share believes it is ‘(somewhat) good’. In general, Affluents are more positive about the economy in their own country than non-Affluents (41%). Swiss and German Affluents are most pleased with the economy in their own country, while Portuguese Affluents are least happy.
Affluents don’t expect (large) economic growth
Outlook economy in country
Most Affluents (50%) predict the economy in their country of residence will be ‘about the same’ in 6 months. 1 in 5 (21%) expects the economy of their motherlands to become ‘(somewhat) stronger’. Affluents are just as positive about economic growth as non-affluents. 18% of non-affluents believe the country’s economy will be ‘(much) stronger’ in 6 months. Dutch and Irish Affluents are most positive about their countries’ economic future.
Affluents believe their own financial situation will stay about the same
Outlook personal financial situation
The majority of the Affluents (59%) believe their own financial situation will be stable in the next 6 months. However, they are more optimistic than the non-affluents. 1 in 4 (27%) expects to have a (much) stronger financial position in the next 6 months. This is just 18% among non-Affluents. Irish Affluents are most positive about the future of their own personal finances.
The Affluent Europe Economic Barometer is part of the Ipsos Affluent Survey Europe which is conducted continuously. The Affluent universe accounts for the Top 13% of all adults, within the 18+ age group. The European top 13% are defined as main income earners within the top 20% households in each of the 21 survey countries, measured by household income. Affluent N=6,760, non-Affluent N=15,736. Fieldwork period 22nd of January 2016 - 20th of December 2016. Some graphs don’t add up to 100% due to rounding.
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