We begin by looking at new research on coronavirus. Many parts of the world are starting to reopen for business, but people have reservations. At the beginning of June, we found a majority in nine of 16 countries saying that it is too soon to ease restrictions because the risk of contracting the virus remains too high. Meanwhile, unemployment anxieties are rising – as shown by our latest What Worries the World survey, where we see concern about jobs are overtaking coronavirus as the top concern in many countries.
This month has seen a wave of Black Lives Matter demonstrations in response to the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, with citizens in the US and around the world calling for an end to police brutality and racism. We find majority support for peaceful protests globally as we examine public responses to the events, including early signs of whether awareness and attitudes are changing. We also include a review of the political landscape in the US today.
Looking more closely at social attitudes in the UK, we find that the public is becoming more open-minded when it comes to race but seven in 10 still think tensions exist between people of different races and nationalities. We also find the more liberal Britain of today is divided on the progression of LBGT+ rights.
Our study for World Refugee Day 2020 shows that refugees are welcome – in principle. There is overwhelming support for the right to seek refuge from war or persecution, but in many countries, the public is increasingly concerned about their ability to accept more refugees.
Do universities have a role to play in solving the world’s problems? Three-quarters (77%) of those in 11 countries think that they do. Majorities also say universities have a positive impact on their country (65%), local community (57%) and them personally (54%). However, many are less convinced that university education equips students with the skills needed for future careers and higher salaries.
Finally, our new paper on Mixed Mode research shows how reaching participants through multiple survey modes can achieve better population coverage and response rates – and make the process efficient in terms of time and money invested.