Monday 18 December 2017

Jody Corcoran: 40-somethings say time to start believing again

Those of us most affected by the crisis say Ireland needs to believe in itself again, writes Jody Corcoran

SQUEEZED MIDDLE: Being the most heavily in debt and deepest in negative equity following the collapse of the property market – and unable to take the option to emigrate – today's 40-somethings have borne the brunt of austerity
SQUEEZED MIDDLE: Being the most heavily in debt and deepest in negative equity following the collapse of the property market – and unable to take the option to emigrate – today's 40-somethings have borne the brunt of austerity
Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

A MOST revealing finding in our recent opinion poll on the behaviour and attitudes of those aged 20 to 50 years old was that 69 per cent felt the country needed to start believing in itself again. The nationwide poll was designed to gauge the views of 30-somethings and, in that regard, it was relatively illuminating.

But the comparative views of 40-somethings, that is, those most heavily in debt, deeper in negative equity and, therefore, denied an opportunity to emigrate (with school-going children) – in other words, the bulk of "undecideds" in political opinion polls – was even more insightful. For example:

* Overall, 53 per cent said that, at the moment, one of their main concerns was getting from one day to the next, but that jumped to 63 per cent of 40-somethings;

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