Over 80 pc of Romanians are dissatisfied with the quality of life, the highest ratio reported across the 34 states in Europe and Central Asia included in a survey conducted by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), according to Mediafax.
In the first edition of the “Life in Transition” survey, conducted, jointly, by EBRD and the World Bank, in late 2006, the ratio of disgruntled Romanians amounted to under 70 pc. Among the youth (aged 18 to 39), in whose case, the satisfaction indicator was, in 2006, double the one for older people, satisfaction levels slumped at a faster pace and, at present, the indicator is equally low for all age categories.
The indicator measuring optimism for the future shrank to less than half in the analyzed period.
Only about one fifth of Romanian respondents expect their children will have a better life than their own generation, while dissatisfaction with the present remains high, EBRD reports. Nearly two thirds of the households in Romania were affected by the economic crisis, one of the highest percentages across all states included in the survey.