Welcome to the end of Summer! August has seen some grey weather and the public is stuck – as is the government – on Brexit and the NHS as the key issues facing the country.
Reflecting uncertainty about the impact of leaving the EU, pessimism about the future has risen, with seven out of ten now saying Britain is on the wrong track, the most negative view since 2013. Britons are notably more pessimistic than the global average, whereas global economic confidence has been rising, as we report this month. The biggest global worries are about unemployment, political corruption and poverty and inequality, but they vary dramatically around the world 87% in China think their country is going in the right direction, but they are the most worried in the world about the environment.
At the other end of the spectrum — Mexico has now replaced South Africa as the nation which is most anxious about the direction their country is heading, with incredibly high levels of anxiety about violence and crime.
Similarly, optimism is scarce at 9% in South Africa, 12% in Brazil, 14% in Italy and 21% in Hungary.
Elsewhere in this month’s round up we look at retirement, young people’s attitudes to university, robo-advisers, cyber security, what worries the world – our regular study of national concerns across the planet, Canada at 150, healthcare in South East Asia, agile innovation, parents’ use of smart phones when they are with their kids, and much much more.