herald

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Nearly 40pc of adults in their 20s live with parents, poll finds

THE economic climate has created a "boomerang generation" with nearly 40pc of people in their 20s living with their parents, a new poll suggests.

The vast majority of 30 to 39-year-olds (92pc) no longer live at home with their parents, suggesting they are truly responsible for their own economic fortunes.

But it's a radically different picture for young people in their 20s, according to a landmark INM/Today FM Behaviour and Attitudes poll.

A staggering 39pc of respondents between the age of 20 and 29 revealed that they live with their parents.

People in their 30s living outside of Dublin are more likely to be living with their folks (9pc) than those in that age group who live in the capital (4pc).

A total of 1,005 respondents took part in the national survey which examined their attitudes to the economy amongst other issues.

Three age groups were researched, the 20s (233), 30s (446) and 40s (326).

The 20-year-olds at home, may be saving for a plane ticket, because they are also the group most likely to be considering heading to foreign climes. Some 37pc believe that they are likely to emigrate to a different country over the next five years.

But it is not being ruled out by those in their 30s either.

EMIGRATION

The survey showed that almost a quarter of those in their 30s suggest that they are likely to have to leave the country.

And that figure rises to over a third of 30-something Dubliners.

Around one in six people in their 30s living outside the capital suggest that it is something they are likely to do also.

For those aged in their 40s, some 17pc believe they may leave Ireland over the next five years. However, perhaps not surprisingly, it's also the age group most likely to rule out such a move (69pc).

The prospect of emigration is one that straddles all sectors of society and income levels among those in their 30s, the poll results show.

Those professionals and respondents classified as being in the "ABC1" social class were nearly as likely to believe they would have to emigrate as manual workers.

Meanwhile, those in their 30s expressed the greatest level of confidence that the economy will be better off this time next year. Overall, 25pc of those between 20 and 49 think we will be better off this time next year; 32pc believe we will be worse off; and 43pc say "the same."

fdillon@herald.ie

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