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    Russian youth have more positive worldview than Europeans

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    MOSCOW, June 30 (RIA Novosti) - A new poll by BBDO Moscow analyzing the worldview of youth from nations across Europe has found that Russian youth are more optimistic than their European counterparts, Rossiiskaya Gazeta, a government daily, reported.

    The research focused on what young people from Russia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Spain, Britain, Italy and Sweden, aged 18-31, want from life.

    Only 46% of young Europeans think their lives will be better than those of their parents, but 79% of young Russians expect their lives to improve over those of their parents.

    The majority of Russian youth, 93%, say they have clear goals in life, which is a staggering percentage in Western Europe, where the biggest percentage of youth to answer the same was 80%.

    Both 82% of Russians and 80% of Europeans are willing to fight for something in which they believe. Russian youth are almost twice as willing to take up arms to defend their country than European youth, with 64% of young Russians saying they would be willing to use weapons in comparison to 34% of European youth.

    European youth are looking forward to retirement - 45% say that they would like to earn money and retire as early as possible, but only 13% in Russia say the same. This in part, could mean that a generation of workaholics is about to come into its own in Russia. It could also be attributed to Russia's actively developing market of goods and services that ensure comfortable work conditions.

    Only 22% of Russian youth intend to live abroad within the next ten years, but 34% of young Europeans have the same intentions.

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