Rising temperatures were also a key prediction for 2019. At the end of 2018, 78% of people around the world believed average global temperatures would increase in 2019. For 2020, predictions are the same with 77%. Most pessimistic countries on this issue are Turkey (89%), Singapore (86%) and Chile (85%) whereas Russia (67%), the United States (64%) and Saudi Arabia (54%) seem less worried.
People are uncertain about Donald Trump’s chances of being re-elected as US President: 44% think it is unlikely vs. 35% think he may. Respondents from Hong Kong (54%) and Israel (53%) bet on his re-election whereas more than half of respondents in Netherlands (51%), Belgium and Italy (53%), Philippines (55%), South-Korea (56%) and Turkey (57%) think there might be someone else in the White House next year.
A small majority (52%) internationally believe the economy will get stronger with great differences between Chinese respondents (84%) and French ones (26%). Globally 36% think it is likely that major stock markets around the world will crash, led by Malaysian (59%) and Polish (56%) respondents… They also foresee income inequalities to increase (63%), mostly in Israel 83%) and Russia (82%) and women to remain less well paid than men (46%), especially in Hungary (66%), Sweden and Germany (65%).
Despite these dark predictions (see more in the report) most of our respondents (75%) believe 2020 will be a better year for them - except for our Japanese respondents (45%) and our French respondents are perfectly divided on the subject.