Global Infrastructure Index - September 2017

According to the Ipsos 2017 Global Infrastructure Index, a third (37%) are satisfied with infrastructure in their country but, regionally, this varies from 35% in LATAM countries to 43% in the APAC region, reaching a high of 65% in Saudi Arabia, four times the low of 15% in Italy.

Globally, a third (37%) are satisfied with infrastructure in their country but, regionally, this varies from 35% in LATAM countries to 43% in the APAC region, reaching a high of 65% in Saudi Arabia, four times the low of 15% in Italy.

Among the ten different types of infrastructure, flood defences and nuclear energy-generation receive the worst ratings, while airports are among the best rated.

The top global priority for investment is water supply and sewerage (a particular priority in LATAM), followed by flood defences, the local road network, and energy-generating infrastructure.

% priority for investment Global North America LATAM Europe APAC
Water supply and sewerage 44 44 63 31 40
Flood defences 41 35 59 35 36
The local road network 40 42 34 44 43
Energy-generation infrastructure (excluding nuclear) 40 40 44 37 38
The motorway/major road network 37 41 42 37 36
New housing supply 37 25 44 33 39
Rail infrastructure - track/stations 36 25 37 39 32
High speed broadband 29 24 31 28 27
Nuclear infrastructure to generate energy 16 20 17 11 18
Airports 16 17 21 10 16
Base sizes: Global (21,043), North America (2,003), LATAM (4,006), Europe (7,531), APAC (6,003). 

In terms of attitudes, while the global average is 56% agreement that their country “is not doing enough to meet its infrastructure needs”, this varies from 80% in South Africa to just 23% in Japan.

Of ten modes of transport, people across the world are most likely to have made a journey by car (either as driver or passenger) in the past six months, but this is closely followed by bus services and coaches. A quarter have made a journey by bicycle.

There are substantial variations by country. For example, Australians are the most likely to have driven a car (77%) in the past six months, Russians to have used a bus/coach (also 77%), South Koreans an underground train (61%), and the Chinese to have made a journey by bike (47%). The British are most likely to have made a journey by overground train (49%).

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