London: About two-thirds of Britons are worried that the present generation of children will have a low living standard than their parents cherished, a study has found.

The current economic crisis combined with long-term pessimism has affected usual postwar assumptions that living standards always tend to rise in the medium to long term.

Instead, around 64 percent of those questioned believe it is unlikely today's young generation would have a better life than their parents, reported a daily.

According to the Ipsos Mori survey, less than a third -- 32 per cent -- thought it was likely.

In figures, which have changed hugely since a similar survey in April 2003, only 23 percent thought their children would have a higher quality of life when they reached their age.

A similar survey, conducted eight years ago, had found a general trend of optimism, as those who were positive about the next generation's prospects outnumbered pessimists four to one.

At that time, 43 percent thought their offspring would be better off at the same stage in life, whereas just 12 percent thought they would be worse off.