According to a survey by the hamburg-based BAT foundation for future issues, almost two-thirds (65 percent) said in the past year that "people can be trusted". In 2010, it was still 9 percent less. In 2008, not even half (49 percent) said they had confidence in their fellow human beings. "The development is primarily driven by the younger generations," explained foundation director ulrich reinhardt.
According to reinhardt, head of the foundation, one reason for this development is the crises of the past decade – terrorism, the banking crisis and the euro crisis. "You realize again that you are more dependent on each other," he said. Among other things, good neighborliness has experienced a renaissance. "People have realized that the decades of consumerism and selfishness are coming to an end and that they have to set new priorities in life. Since then, there has been a kind of paradigm shift," said reinhardt.
According to the survey, the vast majority (91 percent) consider the family to be the most important thing in life. "When a threat comes from auben, the internal cohesion becomes more coarse. In this respect, crises that affect many people can also contribute to an increase in trust among each other," said trust researcher martin K.W. Schweer from the university of vechta.
Trust is particularly strong among young people between the ages of 14 and 17. Here, 76 percent approach others with confidence. The older ones are more skeptical. In the 50-64 age group, the figure is only 62 percent. What is also striking is the gap between singles and people with a steady partner. While around 42 percent of single people between the ages of 25 and 49 said they tended not to be able to trust other people, only slightly more than 25 percent of couples of the same age had a fundamental lack of trust.
For the representative study, the foundation interviewed more than 2,000 germans aged 14 and older at different points in time.