The Economic Pulse of the World - March 2016

The average global economic assessment of national economies surveyed in 25 countries is up one point with 37% of global citizens rating their national economies as ‘good’.

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  • Nik Samoylov Public Affairs, US
  • Chris Deeney Public Affairs, US
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Global Average of National Economic Assessment Up One Point: 37%

The average global economic assessment of national economies surveyed in 25 countries is up one point with 37% of global citizens rating their national economies as ‘good’.

Saudi Arabia (89%) remains at the top in the national economic assessment category, followed by India (82%), Germany (67%), China (67%), Sweden (63%) and Australia (52%). Brazil (7%) has the lowest assessment score, followed by South Africa (9%), France (12%), South Korea (13%), Italy (13%), Spain (15%), Argentina (15%) and Hungary (20%).

Countries with the greatest improvements in this wave: Russia (28%, +7 pts.), Mexico (23%, +7 pts.), Sweden (63%, +6 pts.), India (82%, +6 pts.), China (67%, +6 pts.), and France (12%, +3 pts.).

Countries with the greatest declines: Argentina (15%, -9 pts.), Germany (67%, -5 pts.), Poland (29%, -5 pts.), Israel (43%, -4 pts.), Australia (52%, -3 pts.), Japan (23%, -3 pts.) and South Africa (9%, -3 pts.). 

National Economic Assessment - March 2016

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 (68%) retains the top spot in the local assessment category, followed by Sweden (57%), India (55%), China (54%), Israel (53%), Germany (52%), the United States (40%) and Australia (34%). South Africa (8%) slides into the lowest spot this month, followed by Brazil (10%), Japan (12%), Italy (13%), Spain (13%), South Korea (14%), Argentina (14%) and France (15%).

Countries with the greatest improvements in this wave: Mexico (18%, +9 pts.), Saudi Arabia (68%, +7 pts.), Turkey (33%, +4 pts.), China (54%, +4 pts.), India (55%, +3 pts.), Canada (24%, +3 pts.), Spain (13%, +2 pts.), Hungary (17%, +2 pts.) and Belgium (26%, +2 pts.).

Countries with the greatest declines in this wave: Poland (19%, -10 pts.), Argentina (14%, -7 pts.), Israel (53%, -6 pts.), Australia (34%, -4 pts.), Brazil (10%, -3 pts.), Japan (12%, -3 pts.), Peru (17%, -3 pts.) and Sweden (57%, -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 (65%) increases its lead in this assessment category, followed by Brazil (53%), Saudi Arabia (52%), Argentina (49%), Peru (48%), China (47%), Mexico (31%), the United States (26%), Russia (25%), Turkey (24%) and Spain (19%). France (5%) has the lowest future outlook score this month, followed by Japan (9%), South Korea (10%), Sweden (10%), Hungary (11%), Italy (11%), Belgium (12%), Germany (12%), Australia (12%) and Great Britain (12%).

Countries with the greatest improvements in this wave: India (65%, +8 pts.), China (47%, +6 pts.), Sweden (10%, +5 pts.), Saudi Arabia (52%, +2 pts.), Belgium (12%, +2 pts.), the United States (26%, +1pts.) and Mexico (31%, +1 pts.).

Countries with the greatest declines in this wave: Argentina (49%, -7 pts.), Russia (25%, -6 pts.), Peru (48%, -5 pts.), Australia (12%, -2 pts.), Germany (12%, -2 pts.), Great Britain (12%, -2 pts.), Poland (14%, -2 pts.) and Turkey (24%, -2 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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