Germany’s favourable ratings place it among the five most optimistic nations in the survey:
|% describing their economy as “good”|
Other headlines from the Ipsos Consumer Confidence Index: Gloom in France: the country is now officially in recession, and just 3% of French consumers expect to see an improvement over the next 6 months. Japanese recovery? 20% now describe the economy as “good”. This is the 3rd successive month where the figures for Japan have been in the 17-20% range, and these scores are now well ahead of the 8-9% levels recorded a year ago. Brazilian optimism: Brazilians’ assessment of their own economy is actually well down on last year: 42% now give it a “good” score, compared with 59% in April 2012. But they remain the most optimistic of all countries in the survey, with 68% expecting their local economy to improve over the next 6 months.
Assistant Chief Executive at Ipsos MORI, Simon Atkinson, said:
“We’re now seeing signs of sustained improvement in the US and Japan, but there’s no sign of improvement in Britain – at least not yet. For now, we remain alongside France, Spain and Italy: firmly in the relegation zone”.
- The survey instrument is conducted monthly in 24 countries via the Ipsos Online Panel system.
- For the results of the survey herein, a total sample of 18,331 adults age 18-64 in the US and Canada, and age 16-64 in all other countries, was interviewed between 2-16 April 2013.
- Approximately 1000+ individuals were surveyed in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Italy, Japan, Spain, and the United States of America.
- Approximately 500+ individuals were surveyed in Argentina, Belgium, Hungary, Indonesia, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and Turkey.
- Sample characteristics: the sample is made up of “Primary Consumers” who are a comparable, standardized weighted group in each country based on a minimum level of education and income.
- For a majority of the countries surveyed the Primary Consumer population is also representative of the general population based on the latest census. More details can be found at www.ipsosglobaladvisor.com
- The precision of Ipsos online polls are calculated using a credibility interval with a poll of 1,000 accurate to +/- 3.5 percentage points and of 500 accurate to +/- 5.0 percentage points
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