Questions related to the future sustainability of the system preoccupy many Flemings. 71% of those questioned say that they believe that the next generation will be less well off than is currently the case.
Although most Flemings believe that we have a good social security system around 70% fear that in time it will be eroded. 61% of those questioned believe that there won't be enough care home places for them, while 37% believe that they won't be able to get the care they want in old age.
Meanwhile, 68% of those questioned said that they believe that our health care system is under threat from foreigners that don't pay their way. Health is clearly an important issue as 74% of the Flemings fear that they could end up becoming terminally ill.
Concerns about the labour market
The survey also reveals major concerns about the labour market. 60% of those questioned aren't sure that they will be able to carry on working until the age of 65.
This rises to 77% among blue collar workers. Meanwhile, 55% of people fear that their employer will no longer want them when they are older. 42% of those questioned is afraid of losing their job, up 25% from 2009.
72% say that that they need some good news about the economy. Meanwhile, 53% believed that the economic crisis will worsen.
Nevertheless, 48% of those questioned believe that Belgium has weathered the crisis relatively well. 67% of Flemings fear that their standard of living will be too low when they retire.
65% also fear not being able to save and 44% fear never being able to buy their own home.
A bunch of moaning Minnies?
Are the Flemings a bunch of pessimistic complainers? No, it would seem, as 47% say that they are hopeful for the future. 78% of those questioned say that we should be tolerant towards each other. Meanwhile, 66% believe that more should be done to help handicapped people.
Migration and multiculturalism
Just half of those questioned believed that we should make the best of living in a society made-up of people from various cultural backgrounds. 41% say that they are suspicious of foreigners even if they speak good Dutch, while 70% believe that more should be done to curb immigration.
Immigration is often perceived as a threat to our culture (71%), to our job security (74%) and to our health care system (68%).
Meanwhile, just 37% of those questioned believe that multiculturalism enriches our society. However, 57% of those questioned believe than illegal immigrants that speak our language well, work and contribute to society should be allowed to remain here.