Raising the retirement age? German majority against it

The rise in the retirement age, repeatedly demanded by politicians and economists as a consequence of the demographic change of society and thus also of aging, is met with disapproval by the majority of the population in Germany. Anyone who advocates makes few friends.

According to this, more than three quarters of Germans are against linking the statutory age limit to rising life expectancy. In West Germany, only 20 percent support the linking of the age limit to life expectancy, while 74 percent are against it. In the East, even 83 percent of respondents reject such a step and only 16.5 percent consider this measure useful in order to stabilize the pension system in the long term. The age groups differ only slightly in their negative judgment: Even the greatest is the consent to the coupling of the age limit on the life expectancy among the 20-29 year olds and in the age group of over 70 years, where, after all, at least one in four this step advocated.

The presence of own children influences the attitude. While 21 percent of the childless vote for an automatic increase in the retirement age, the agreement is only 13.6 percent among parents. And also the respective household income plays a certain role. If it is between 3,000 and 3,499 euros, the agreement is 28 percent higher than for an income of 1,500 to 1,999 euros (17 percent).

In addition, the higher the education, the more likely people are to associate age limits with life expectancy, most of whom work in jobs that require little physical activity. Admittedly, even among those who have at least a high school diploma, only one in four is in favor of this step. But among those who have attended a secondary school, the approval is still much lower at 15.6 percent. Prominent economists such as Axel Börsch-Supan, who is a member of the Federal Government's new pension commission, also advocate linking the age limit to life expectancy, as do international institutions such as the OECD or the IMF. Between 18 and 28 May, GfK surveyed 1,015 people aged 14 and over for the survey.

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