Fewer Dutch people were unhappy about the state of society in 2009 than they were in 2004, according to new research from the government’s socio-cultural advisory body SGP.
In 2004, around one third of the population was pessimistic about society, but by 2009, that had gone down to 26%, the SCP said. In the 1990s, the figure was around 17%.
Among peoples’ main concerns: the hardening of attitudes, public safety and integration, and the inability of politicians to make changes.
Dissatisfaction is concentrated among the low-skilled, Telegraaf newspaper readers, people from Limburg and people who vote for the anti-Islam PVV, the SCP says.
Only 7% of highly-skilled people are fearful about the state of society.
For a summary of the research in English, click here
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