Dissatisfied with the Economy and Relatively Pessimistic about the Future

Forty-one percent of Turkish Millennials agree that they feel free to live how they want, which is much lower than the global average

Turkish Millennials are dissatisfied with life in general, their work-life balance and the economy. Regarding satisfaction towards the economy, Turkish Millennials are below the average of 23 countries covered in this research, due to some of the developmental figures such as GNI per capita, the unemployment rate and inflation.


One-fifth of Turkish Millennials find their health to be very good in general. Turkey is one of the two countries with the lowest perception of good health, together with Japan. Half of Turkish Millennials feel a strong sense of accomplishment from what they do in life, which is above the study average. Females and those aged 15-24 fall below other Turkish Millennials in this category.


Forty-one percent of Turkish Millennials agree that they feel free to live how they want, which is much lower than the global average of 51%. Turkey’s ratio is the same as Spain’s and a little higher than China’s. Paralleling those results, the optimism of Turkish Millennials is also relatively low when compared to other countries involved in the survey. They have the second lowest ratio, together with the Netherlands, with only Japan claiming a lower level of optimism. Male Turkish Millennials are a little more optimistic than are female Turkish Millennials.


When the social values of Turkish Millennials are analyzed, half of them need to feel that they have achieved a level of social success that is recognized by others, which is higher among those aged 15-24 than those aged 25-35. Millennials in Turkey equally agree with the statement I would prefer to do work that is in the public interest, especially females compared to males.


Three-quarters of Turkish Millennials believe that it should primarily be the government, not the private sector, that is concerned with solving the country’s problems. This indicates that the current economic conditions are perceived as mostly the government’s responsibility.


Most Turkish Millennials believe in a patriarchal family structure, with 62% stating that the father of the family must be the master in his own house. This is the fourth highest agreement level among the 23 countries surveyed.


Religious faith is an issue that Turkish Millennials score high on globally. More than two-thirds consider him/herself to be a member of a religious faith, with male Turkish Millennials having stronger religious faith than females. In conjunction with this inclination towards religious faith, risk-taking is not very common among Turkish Millennials. While the ratio of those being prepared to take great risks in life in order to get what they want is 75% in Mexico, it is only 58% in Turkey.


Social responsibility and solidarity is important for Turkish Millennials. Seventy-two percent agree that they have a personal responsibility to help those worse off than them, which is the third highest proportion among the surveyed countries.

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