Generations across generations – Results from qualitative group discussions - Analysis and Consulting
Monitor Election and Social Research
The study, conducted on behalf of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung from 9 to 16 November 2022, looked at the attitudes and values of different generations in Germany. The aim was to gain a comprehensive understanding of the generations and their attitudes with regard to various socio-political issues, including social justice, pensions and climate change. In qualitative focus groups, participants discussed within their generations or in age-heterogeneous groups.
Some key findings of the study are:
- The topic of intergenerational justice is not a decisive arena of conflict in the focus groups. Intergenerational conflicts are not negotiated and settled either among themselves or between the generations.
- The digital transformation of society and mastering change are discussed in all age groups. Fear of not being able to master the technology and of no longer being able to keep up or participate is something that older participants in particular are afraid of. But insecurities are also widespread among younger generations. Therefore, the digital transformation should take these needs into account so that citizens are not digitally disconnected.
- The crises of recent years and decades are shaping perceptions in the age groups. There is uncertainty about which of one's own decisions, e.g., with regard to pensions or education, are also future-proof, as planning and determinations lead to incalculable results. Especially in the area of pensions, this leads to a fatalistic attitude.
- In East Germany the state of equity between East and West Germany is addressed and rated poorly. In West Germany differences between the old and new states are not addressed.