What Australians predict 2018 has in store

When we asked Australians some questions about what they thought might happen in 2018 we saw three predictions stand out from the rest.

What Australians predict 2018 has in store

infographic of the top 3 Australian predictions for 2018
  1. Almost two in three (64%) believe global temperature will increase;
  2. Six in ten (59%) predict China will become the world’s biggest economy; and
  3. Half (49%) expect to see a driverless car make its government approved debut in a developed nation.

Further, despite half indicating that 2017 was a bad year for them personally, 76% are optimistic that 2018 will be a better year personally than 2017.

The latest Ipsos Global @dvisor poll was carried out in 28 countries around the world at the end of 2017.  It asked over 21,500 online adults aged under 64 their predictions for 2018.

Technical notes:

  • These are the findings of the Global @dvisor predictions survey for 2018.  In total 21,548 interviews were conducted between ., Nov 27 – Dec 8 2017 among adults aged 18-64 in the US and Canada, and adults aged 16-64 in all other countries.
  • The survey was conducted in 28 countries around the world via the Ipsos Online Panel system. The countries reporting herein are Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United States
  • Approximately 1000+ individuals participated on a country by country basis via the Ipsos Online Panel with the exception of Argentina, Belgium, Hungary, Israel, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Chile, Malaysia and Turkey, where each have a sample approximately 500+.  In all other countries the sample was 500+. The precision of Ipsos online polls is calculated using a credibility interval with a poll of 1,000 accurate to +/- 3.5 percentage points and of 500 accurate to +/- 5.0 percentage points. For more information on Ipsos’ use of credibility intervals, please visit the Ipsos website.
  • 17 of the 28 countries surveyed online generate nationally representative samples in their countries (Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Poland, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and United States).
  • Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, Chile, Colombia and Malaysia produce a national sample that is more urban & educated, and with higher incomes than their fellow citizens.  We refer to these respondents as “Upper Deck Consumer Citizens”.  They are not nationally representative of their country. 
  • Where results do not sum to 100, this may be due to computer rounding, multiple responses or the exclusion of don't knows or not stated responses.
  • Data is weighted to match the profile of the population.