The Economic Pulse of the World - April 2016

The national economic assessment average is showing signs of recovery. With positive gains for a second month in a row, 38% of global citizens view their current economic situation as “good”, up one point since last sounding.

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  • Nik Samoylov Public Affairs, US
  • Chris Deeney Public Affairs, US
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All regional indicators are in the positive territory except for BRIC (45%, -1 pt.) and APAC (43%, - 1 pt.).

The local economic assessment average holds steady for a second consecutive month, with three in 10 (29%) respondents saying the economy in their local area is strong. North America (36%, + 4 pts.) is a winner on the regional level, with Canada (33%, + 9pts.) contributing significantly to the overall positive gain.

The future economic outlook assessment score remains unchanged this month, with nearly one quarter (24%) saying they expect the economy in their local area to be stronger in the next six months. The six month outlook is flat across regions, except for North America (23%, + 2pts.) and Middle East/Africa (25%, - 1pt.).

Global Average of National Economic Assessment Up One Point: 38%

The average global economic assessment of national economies surveyed in 25 countries is up one point with 38% of global citizens rating their national economies as ‘good’.

Despite a three point drop, Saudi Arabia (86%) remains at the top in the national economic assessment category, followed by India (81%), Germany (74%), Sweden (69%), China (67%), Peru (52%), Israel (52%) and Australia (52%). Gaining one point since last sounding, Brazil (8%) remains at the bottom of the national assessment, followed by South Africa (11%), France (12%), South Korea (13%), Italy (14%), Spain (15%), Argentina (15%) and Japan (21%).

Countries with the greatest improvements in this wave: Canada (49%, +13 pts.), Israel (52%, +9 pts.), Poland (36%, +7 pts.), Peru (52%, +7 pts.), Germany (74%, +7 pts.) and Sweden (69%, +6 pts.).

Countries with the greatest declines: Great Britain (39%, -10 pts.), Belgium (33%, -6 pts.), Russia (25%, -3 pts.), Saudi Arabia (86%, -3 pts.), Japan (21%, -2 pts.) and India  (81%, -1 pts.).

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Global Average of Local Economic Assessment (29%) Unchanged

When asked to assess their local economy, an average of 29% of those surveyed in 25 countries agree that the state of the current economy in their local area is ‘good’. The local economic assessment is unchanged since last month.

Saudi Arabia (59%) and Israel (59%) are tied for the top spot in the local assessment category, followed by India (57%), Sweden (55%), China (55%), Germany (54%), the United States (38%), Canada (33%) and Australia (33%). South Africa (9%) remains at the lowest spot this month, followed by Japan (12%), South Korea (12%), Brazil (13%), Italy (13%), Spain (13%), France (15%), Argentina (16%) and Mexico (16%).

Countries with the greatest improvements in this wave: Canada (33%, +9 pts.), Israel (59%, +6 pts.), Peru (22%, +5 pts.), Poland (22%, +3 pts.), Brazil (13%, +3 pts.), India (57%, +2 pts.), Germany (54%, +2 pts.) and Argentina (16%, +2 pts.).

Countries with the greatest declines in this wave: Great Britain (24%, -9 pts.), Saudi Arabia (59%, -9 pts.), Belgium (19%, -7 pts.), Russia (20%, -3 pts.), Turkey (30%, -3 pts.), France (13%, -2 pts.), Mexico (16%, -2 pts.), South Korea (12%, -2 pts.) and the Unites States (38%, -2 pts.).

Global Average of Future Outlook for Local Economy (24%) Unchanged

The future outlook is unchanged since last month, with an average of one quarter (24%) of global citizens surveyed in 25 countries expecting their local economy to be stronger six months from now.

India (63%) remains in the lead in this assessment category, followed by Brazil (54%), Argentina (53%), Saudi Arabia (51%), China (49%), Peru (47%), the United States (27%), Turkey (27%), Mexico (26%) and Russia (21%). Once again, France (6%) has the lowest future outlook score this month, followed by Belgium (7%), Israel (9%), Japan (10%), South Korea (10%), Great Britain (10%), Sweden (11%), Italy (11%), Hungary (12%) and Australia (14%).

Countries with the greatest improvements in this wave: Poland (18%, +4 pts.), Argentina (53%, +4 pts.), Turkey (27%, +3 pts.), Germany (15%, +3 pts.), Canada (19%, +3 pts.), South Africa (15%, +2 pts.), China (49%, +2pts.) and Australia (14%, +2 pts.).

Countries with the greatest declines in this wave: Belgium (7%, -5 pts.), Mexico (26%, -5 pts.), Israel (9%, -4 pts.), Russia (21%, -4 pts.), Great Britain (10%, -2 pts.), India (63%, -2 pts.), Peru (47%, -1 pts.) and Saudi Arabia (51%, -1 pts.).

Citizens in 25 Countries Assess the Current State of their Country’s Economy for a Total Global Perspective. 

The author(s)

  • Nik Samoylov Public Affairs, US
  • Chris Deeney Public Affairs, US

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