New global poll finds four concerns top the world’s worry list: Unemployment, poverty/social inequality, crime/violence and financial/political corruption.
Concern about healthcare in the US is the principal worry for Americans, closely followed by immigration.
The What Worries the World study finds the majority of people in the participating 28 nations feel their country is on the wrong track (56%) on average, with Brazil (85%), Peru (78%), South Africa (76%) and Hungary (74%) citing the greatest levels of concern.
In the United States, about four in ten (41%) believe the country is heading in the right direction. This number has remained relatively stable since May 2018 (43%). The United States is on par with the global average (44%) of people who believe their respective countries are headed in the right direction.
“What Worries the World” is a monthly online survey of adults aged under 65 in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Britain, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United States.
It finds that most people across the 28 countries think that their country is on the wrong track (56% on average). But there are wide-ranging disparities in scores across the globe:
The four major worries for global citizens are:
1) Unemployment (33%), Italy (66%) and South Korea (64%) are the most worried nations about this issue followed by Spain (58%). Russia (41%) has seen the largest increase in concern with a rise of 11 percentage points from the previous month (30%). As with the previous month – Germany (9%) and Israel (12%) are the two least apprehensive countries about unemployment.
2) Poverty / Social inequality (33%), The topmost levels of concern are in Russia (64%), Hungary (57%) and Serbia (54%). As well as being most troubled nation about this issue, Russia is the country with the biggest increase in concern from the previous month, with a rise of 7 percentage points from the previous month (57%). Turkey (22%) is now the least worried nation, displacing the US (23%) who had been the least anxious nation for the entirety of 2017 and all of 2018 until this month.
3) Crime / Violence (32%), The highest levels of concerns are seen within the South and Central Americans regions – Peruvians (67%), Mexicans (63%), and Chileans (59%) are the most anxious about this matter. Concern about this topic is lowest in Russia (5%), Hungary (11%) and Saudi Arabia (12%).
4) Financial / Political corruption (32%), The peak levels of this concern are in Peru (62%) and Malaysia (60%) followed by South Africa (55%) then Spain (54%). Worry about corruption is lowest in Sweden (6%), Germany (10%) and Britain (11%).
What Worries the United States
Optimism in the US has remained virtually unchanged since May (43%), with 41% of Americans saying the country is heading in the right direction — a 3-percentage point difference from the global average (44%).
The four major worries for American citizens are:
Healthcare (33%) is the most mentioned concern for the American public, down 4-percentage points since June 2018. Britain is now the 8th most concerned country about Healthcare globally behind Hungary (71%), Poland (56%) and Brazil (45%).
Immigration control (31%) is still the second greatest concern for Americans, up 10% since June 2018 (21%) —the nation ranks 6th for this issue globally.
Crime & violence (29%) is the third most mentioned concern for Americans — a nine percentage point decline from June 2018 (20%). Britain is still only ranked 15th for this worry in comparison to the other 27 nations surveyed.
Fears about financial and political corruption (27%) are increasing compared with the previous month (24%). Although this concern is lower for Americans compared to the global average (32%).
Top five global issues Top five United States issues
1) Unemployment (33%) 1) Healthcare (33%)
2) Poverty/Social Inequality (33%) 2) Immigration control (31%)
3) Crime & Violence (32%) 3) Crime & violence (29%)
4) Corruption (32%) 4) Corruption (27%)
5) Healthcare (24%) 5) Moral decline (25%)
About this study
• For media inquiries please contact Nicholas Boyon.
• 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.
• 19,743 interviews were conducted between June 22nd 2018 – July 6th 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.
• 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 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.
• Ipsos is an independent market research company controlled and managed by research professionals. Founded in France in 1975, Ipsos has grown into a worldwide research group with a strong presence in all key markets. Ipsos ranks third in the global research industry. With offices in 89 countries, Ipsos delivers insightful expertise across six research specializations: advertising, customer loyalty, marketing, media, public affairs research, and survey management.