Number of “Total Agree” in the question:
When things go wrong in my life, it generally takes me a long time to get back to normal
The map illustrates that respondents living in countries in some southern and eastern areas of the EU are the most likely to agree that when things go wrong in their life it generally takes them a long time to get back to normal. The country level results are quite variable. Bulgaria (55%) and Italy (53%) are the only countries where the majority of respondents agree, followed by Poland and Hungary where 46% of respondents share the same view. In contrast, just 14% of respondents in Sweden, 15% in Denmark and 21% in the Netherlands and Finland say the same.
More than one third (37%) of respondents agree that it takes them a long time to get back to normal when things go wrong in their live – with 9% strongly agreeing, while just over four in ten (41%) disagree – with 9% strongly disagreeing. Just over one in five (21%) neither agree nor disagree that it takes a long time to get back to normal when things go wrong in their life.
Fewer than one in five respondents in any country strongly agree that when things go wrong in their life it generally takes them a long time to get back to normal. Proportions range from 19% in Bulgaria, 16% in Italy and 14% in Austria to 4% in Sweden and the Netherlands. At least half of all respondents in Sweden (69%), Denmark (68%), the Netherlands (63%), Finland (61%) and Luxembourg (51%) disagree, with 29% in Sweden, 22% in Denmark and 16% in Finland and Luxembourg saying they strongly disagree. In 15 countries at least one in five respondents neither agree nor disagree, with those in the Czech Republic (35%) and Slovakia (34%) the most likely to do so.
The socio-demographic analysis illustrates the following:
§ Women are more likely to agree when things go wrong in their life it generally takes them a long time to get back to normal, compared to men (40% vs 35%).
§ The older the respondent, the more likely they are to agree: 42% of those aged 55 or over agree, compared to 30% of the youngest respondents.
§ The earlier a respondent completed their education, the more likely they are to agree: 49% who finished education aged 15 or younger agree, compared to 29% of those who completed aged 20 or over.
§ The unemployed are the most likely to agree, particularly compared to managers (50% vs 26%).
§ The more difficulties a respondent experiences paying bills, the more likely they are to agree: 56% who experience the most difficulties agree, compared to 32% who experience the least.
§ Respondents who describe their neighbourhood as poor are the most likely to agree (49%), followed by those who describe it as average (38%) or rich (25%).
source: Eurobarometer 2018