What Worries the World - June 2024

Conducted monthly in 29 countries among a panel of over 20,000 adults for more than a decade, What Worries the World survey offers an exceptional snapshot of world opinion on pressing global issues.

Our monthly What Worries the World survey explores what the public thinks are the most important social and political issues, drawing on more than ten years of data to place the latest scores in context.

Inflation remains the number one concern for the 27th consecutive month, but worry is at its lowest level since April 2022.

Key findings

  • Inflation has been the number one global concern overall in our What Worries the World survey for over two years.
  • However, worry over rising prices is at its lowest level since April 2022, now at a third (33%). 
  • In Peru, optimism has reached an all-time low. The proportion of Peruvians saying the nation is headed in the right direction is down 7pp from May to 8%, one point off their record low of 7% in April 2022.
  • Israel is no longer the most concerned nation for military conflict. Instead, Poland is now top, with over a third (35%) citing it.

Inflation

A third (33%) say inflation is one of the three biggest issues affecting their country, only a slight decrease from last month. This score is also 7pp lower than it was this time last year.

Last month, Singapore was at the top our list with nearly three-fifths (59%) worried. This month, however, the nation is now 6th after falling by 13pp. This is the lowest score for Singapore since we added the country to What Worries the World in November 2022.

Across Europe, we see worry over rising prices start to fall. Although it ranks as its number one concern, Poland’s score has dipped 5pp to 38%. Poland’s level of worry has steadily been decreasing since its peak in October 2022 (70%).

Sweden is now the least concerned country after falling 8pp to 17% mentioning inflation. Likewise, Germany (30%) is down 5pp and Great Britain (27%) fell 4pp.

The only exception is France (40%) who are up 6pp since May.

Current economic situation

On average across the 29 countries included in our What Worries the World survey, 38% say the current economic situation in their country is good, unchanged since April.

This month, positive economic sentiment is up most in Malaysia (+11pp to 58% saying their economy is in a “good” state), followed by the Netherlands and Great Britain (both +8pp to 65% and 39%, respectively.)

Meanwhile, Israel has seen a 13-point drop this month down to 31%, the country’s lowest ever score.

After a 5pp decrease, Peru now has the second-lowest good economy score in our survey (12%), one point ahead of Japan at the bottom of the table (11%). This is Peru’s lowest score since August 2022 (10%).

Crime & violence

Three in ten (30%) mention crime & violence as a worry in their country, no change from last month.

Belgium’s score has increased slightly by 3pp to just shy of three in ten (28%). The last time we saw worry this high for the nation was back in March 2018 when it was also 28%. The highest score we’ve seen for Belgium 31% in June 2014.

The Germans’ level of worry for crime and violence is also at record high levels this month – climbing 5pp to three in ten (30%) and their joint third biggest issue (with inflation). This is the highest it has been in over four years – February 2020 recorded 30%.

Elsewhere in Europe, despite falling 3pp this month, Sweden are particularly worried. With over three-fifths (61%) concerned, this is 6pp higher than it was a year ago.

Military conflict between nations

One in ten (10%) pick military conflict between nations, a slight decrease from last month.

Military conflict is no longer Israel’s second largest worry, despite reaching a record level last month. Their score has withdrawn by 16pp to a third (33%) citing it. This is the lowest level of worry since the start of the conflict in October 2023. However, it is 16pp higher than it was a year ago.

This means Poland is now top of our list, with just over a third (35%) of Poles mentioning it. Even though they are top, their score has decreased 4pp since last month. But, it is 6pp higher than a year ago.

The proportion of the Dutch saying this worries them is creeping up. Up 3pp to 19%, this is around the elevated level we measured in March 2024 (also 19%).

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