New Global Poll finds Four Concerns Top the US’ Worry List: Healthcare, Crime, Immigration, and Moral Decline

Meanwhile, the majority in most countries think their nation is headed in the wrong direction

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  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, D.C. - Ipsos’ latest global survey, What Worries the World says the majority (57%) of Americans think things in the United States are on the wrong track, holding steady from when Ipsos ran this study in May. This average is similar to the global average (59%) across 28 nations surveyed, who feel their country is on the wrong track, with France (81%) and Spain (79%) recording the highest levels of concern.

Top Concerns 

Among the issues included on the survey, the four major concerns for Americans are:

  1. Healthcare (41%). This is up from May (36%).  
  2. Crime & Violence (31%). This is down slightly from May (33%).
  3. Immigration Control (28%). This is up from May (24%).
  4. Moral Decline (24%). This is up slightly from May (22%).

Globally, the top concerns are:

  1. Financial/Political Corruption (33%). Peru (71%) has the most citizens worried about this, followed by South Africa on 64% and Russia on 57%. The US (22%) has the greatest fall in anxiety with a drop of 9 percentage points from the previous month. Germany (8%) and Sweden (9%) are once more the two least worried nations.
  2. Poverty & Social Inequality (33%). The peak levels of concern are held in Russia (58%), Hungary (52%), Serbia (51%) and Germany (49%). Once more, the US (18%) is the least worried country as seen for the totality of 2017 and the majority of 2018. Saudi Arabia (20%) and Sweden (21%) follow. 
  3. Unemployment (32%). The highest levels of anxiety are in Italy (64%), South Korea (63%) and Spain (57%). Hungary sees the greatest rise in this worry, of 8 percentage points to 24%. Germany (7%) is the least concerned nation, followed by the US (11%) and Great Britain (15%).
  4. Crime & Violence (32%). The greatest levels of this concern are in Mexico and Peru (both 63%), followed by South Africa (59%). South Korea (30%) has seen the biggest rise in worry with a gain of 8 percentage points from the previous month. Fears around crime are lowest in Saudi Arabia (8%), Hungary (11%) and Russia (12%).

Among all countries, the U.S. came in last (20%) with concern about poverty and social inequality. 

About the Study

These are the findings of the Ipsos What Worries the World Study 2018, comprised of 19,821 interviews conducted between October 26 – November 9, 2018 among adults aged 18-64 in Canada, Israel and the US, and adults aged 16-64 in all other countries. Data are weighted to match the profile of the population.

The survey was conducted in 28 countries around the world via the Ipsos Online Panel system. The 28 countries included are Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United States of America. 

In 17 of the 28 countries surveyed internet penetration is sufficiently high to think of the samples as representative of the wider population within the age ranges covered: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Poland, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Great Britain, and The United States.  The remaining 11 countries surveyed: Brazil, Chile, China, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, Peru, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Turkey have lower levels of internet penetration and so these samples should instead be considered to represent a more affluent, connected population.  These are still a vital social group to understand in these countries, representing an important and emerging middle class.

For more information on this news release please contact:

Chris Jackson
Vice President, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs

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The author(s)

  • Chris Jackson Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs

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