Public Begging an Outward Sign of National Pessimism?

Global Trend Reveals Pattern of Pessimism with Increase in Panhandlers

Public Begging an Outward Sign of National Pessimism?

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  • Nicolas Boyon Senior Vice President, US, Ipsos Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Vice President, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC —  Poverty and panhandling appears to be a very public sign of a country in trouble according to recent Ipsos survey data from 27 countries. When looking around the world, places where people report seeing more people panhandling and begging are frequently the same places where more citizens report that the country is headed off on the wrong track.G@ Shopping Behaviors - Panhandlers

China and India report a decline in panhandling and are also among some of the most positive countries. At the other end of the spectrum, South Africa, Mexico, Italy and Brazil report increasing numbers of public begging and are also much more negative about the direction of the country.

More analysis on international consumer behaviors can be found here

About the Study

These are the findings of a Global Advisor survey on shopping behaviors. In total 19,000+ interviews were conducted between September 22 – October 6, 2017 among adults aged 18-64 in the United States and Canada, and adults aged 16-64 in all other countries.

The survey was conducted in 27 countries around the world via the Ipsos Online Panel system. The countries reporting herein are Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Hungary, Italy, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the United States.

Between 500 and 1000+ individuals participated on a country by country basis via the Ipsos Online Panel. The sample was 1000+ in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Spain, and the United States. 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.

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 are weighted to match the profile of the population.
For more information about conducting research intended for public release or Ipsos’ online polling methodology, please visit our Public Opinion Polling and Communication page where you can  download our brochure, see our public release protocol, or contact us

Country

Q1 – Wrong Track

Q2 - Panhandlers

World

59%

2%

Argentina

45%

8%

Australia

57%

-13%

Belgium

65%

6%

Brazil

84%

11%

Canada

43%

-2%

Chile

NA

-1%

China

8%

-30%

Colombia

NA

16%

France

71%

3%

Germany

63%

13%

Great Britain

72%

12%

Hungary

77%

-7%

India

26%

-13%

Israel

62%

NA

Italy

85%

12%

Japan

62%

-11%

Mexico

83%

17%

Peru

75%

-8%

Poland

58%

-11%

Russia

47%

-8%

Saudi Arabia

28%

1%

Serbia

50%

12%

South Africa

92%

27%

South Korea

33%

-28%

Spain

75%

3%

Sweden

59%

23%

Turkey

63%

6%

USA

59%

7%

 

 

Q1: Generally speaking, would you say in things in this country are heading in the right direction, or are they off on the wrong track? Wrong track

Q2: Thinking now about your local shopping areas, do you see panhandlers more often, as often, or less often than you did three years. % More often minus % less often

 

For more information on this news release please contact:

Nicolas Boyon
Senior Vice President, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs
646.309.4879
nicolas.boyon@ipsos.com 

Chris Jackson
Vice President, U.S. 
Ipsos Public Affairs
202.420.2025
Chris.Jackson@ipsos.com 

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The author(s)

  • Nicolas Boyon Senior Vice President, US, Ipsos Public Affairs
  • Chris Jackson Vice President, US, Public Affairs

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