The Economic Pulse of the World - April 2017

The average global economic assessment of national economies surveyed in 26 countries is up two points with 43% of global citizens rating their national economies as ‘good’.

The Economic Pulse of the World - April 2017

The author(s)

  • Nik Samoylov Ipsos Public Affairs, US
  • Chris Deeney Ipsos Public Affairs, US
  • Julia Clark Ipsos Public Affairs, US
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Key findings: positive gain across all three assessments

Continuing on an upward trend, the national economic assessment average is up two points since last sounding, with 43% of global citizens assessing the current economic situation in their countries as “good”. With only a handful of countries experiencing a decline since last sounding, all regions of the world are in the positive territory, most notably APAC (50%), which gained 3 points, North America (59%, +2 pts.) and Middle East/Africa (48%, +2 pts.).

In tune with the national average, the local economic assessment is up two points as well, with one third (32%) of respondents viewing the economy in their local area as strong. Middle East/Africa (42%) is up four points since last month, with South Africa (14%, -1 pt.) being the only country in the negative territory. Similar gains are posted in North America (45%, + 3 pts.) and APAC (35%, + 3pts.) regions.

Completing the trifecta this month, the future local economic assessment is up one point since last sounding , with over one quarter (26%) of respondents expecting the economy in their local area to be stronger in the next 6 months. Despite the general positive outlook, many countries has experienced a decline since last sounding. Negative gains noted in LATAM region (45%, - 1 pt.) and among the G-8 countries (16%, - 1 pt.). Three regions show positive dynamic since last sounding: APAC (30%, + 1 pt.), Middle East/Africa (28%, + 1 pt.) and Europe (15%, + 1 pt.).

Global average of national economic assessment up two points: 43%

The average global economic assessment of national economies surveyed in 26 countries is up two points with 43% of global citizens rating their national economies as ‘good’.

India (81%) has the top spot in the national economic assessment category this month, followed by China (80%), Germany (79%), Saudi Arabia (79%), Sweden (69%), Peru (62%), Australia (60%), United States (59%) and Canada (59%). Brazil (9%) is now at  the lowest spot in this assessment, followed by South Korea (10%), Italy (12%), France (15%), South Africa (17%), Mexico (20%), Spain (21%), Argentina (21%) and Hungary (22%).

Countries with the greatest improvements in this wave: Belgium (45%, +11 pts.), Serbia (32%, +5 pts.), Saudi Arabia (79%, +5 pts.), India (82%, +5 pts.), Japan (34%, +4 pts.), Great Britain (48%, +4 pts.), Spain (21%, +3 pts.), South Korea (10%, +3 pts.), Mexico (20%, +3 pts.), Israel (57%, +3 pts.) and Canada (59%, +3 pts.).

Countries with the greatest declines: Italy (12%, -4 pts.), Brazil (9%, -2 pts.), France (15%, -2 pts.), Germany (79%, -2 pts.), South Africa (17%, -1 pts.) and Sweden (69%, -1 pts.).  

Economic Pulse - National Economic Assessment - April 2017

Global average of local economic assessment (32%) up two points

When asked to assess their local economy, one third (32%) of those surveyed in 26 countries agree that the state of the current economy in their local area is ‘good’. The local economic assessment is up two points since last sounding.

India (65%) leads in the local assessment category, followed by China (60%), Israel (60%), Sweden (60%), Saudi Arabia (57%), Germany (55%), the United States (50%), Australia (40%) and Canada (39%). Serbia (9%) is the lowest ranked country in this category this month, followed by South Korea (10%), Japan (13%), South Africa (14%), Italy (14%), Brazil (15%), France (16%), Mexico (17%), Spain (18%), Hungary (18%) and Argentina (19%).

Countries with the greatest improvements in this wave: India (65%, +9 pts.), Turkey (36%, +8 pts.), Sweden (60%, +5 pts.), Belgium (28%, +5 pts.), the United States (50%, +4 pts.), South Korea (10%, +4 pts.), Saudi Arabia (57%, +4 pts.), Israel (60%, +4 pts.) Spain (18%, +3 pts.), Great Britain (34%, +3 pts.) and Australia (40%, +3 pts.).

Countries with the greatest declines in this wave: Germany (55%, -4 pts.), France (16%, -3 pts.), Brazil (15%, -2 pts.), Japan (13%, -2 pts.), Italy (14%, -1 pts.) and South Africa (14%, -1 pts.).

Global average of future outlook for local economy (26%) up one point

The future outlook is up one point since last month, with over one quarter (26%) of global citizens surveyed in 26 countries expecting their local economy to be stronger six months from now.

India (69%) once again leads in this assessment category, followed by Brazil (55%), China (53%), Saudi Arabia (52%), Argentina (49%), Peru (48%), the United States (39%), Turkey (34%), Mexico (26%) and Sweden (22%). Once again France (6%) has the lowest future outlook score this month, followed by Italy (8%), Japan (9%), Hungary (10%), Great Britain (12%), Israel (12%), South Korea (13%), Belgium (13%), South Africa (16%) and Australia (17%).

Countries with the greatest improvements in this wave: Turkey (34%, +7 pts.), India (69%, +7 pts.), Argentina (49%, +7 pts.), Sweden (22%, +6 pts.), Serbia (20%, +5 pts.), South Korea (13%, +3 pt.), Saudi Arabia (52%, +3 pts.), Belgium (13%, +3 pts.), Spain (20%, +2 pts.) and Germany (19%, +2pts.).

Countries with the greatest declines in this wave: Peru (48%, -6 pts.), China (53%, -4 pts.), Israel (12%, -4 pts.), Brazil (55%, -3 pts.), Italy (8%, -3 pts.), Japan (9%, -2 pts.), France (6%, -1 pts.), Hungary (10%, -1 pts.), Mexico (26%, -1 pts.), Poland (20%, -1 pts.), Russia (18%, -1 pts.) and the United States (39%, -1 pts.).

The author(s)

  • Nik Samoylov Ipsos Public Affairs, US
  • Chris Deeney Ipsos Public Affairs, US
  • Julia Clark Ipsos Public Affairs, US

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