The new Ipsos study “What Worries the World” is an online survey of adults aged under 65 in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Britain, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United States. It asks what are the issues which most worry them and whether they think things in their country are headed in the right direction.
Right track or wrong direction?
It finds overall, people across all countries are more likely to think things in their country are off on the wrong track (63%), than headed in the right direction (37%.) Most pessimistic are the French, 88% of whom think things are going wrong, with only 12% feeling that things are going well. The most optimistic are countries which have seen sustained periods of economic growth; China, where 90% say things are headed in the right direction, Saudi Arabia (71%), and India (67%).
Australia (42%), and Japan (41%) both tend to be a bit more negative overall, while South Korea ranks last of all countries surveyed in APAC, with only 24% saying the country is going in the right direction.