What Worries the World: 44% of people worldwide select COVID-19 as one of the main issues of concern facing their country – Report

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Ipsos’ What Worries the World survey tracks public opinion on the most important social and political issues across 27 countries today, drawing on 10 years of data to place the latest scores in context.

What Worries the World: 44% of people worldwide select COVID-19 as one of the main issues of concern facing their country - Report

 

October’s results show that people worldwide continue to say Coronavirus is one of the main problems facing their country today. A total of 44% select this issue, placing it in first spot once again. Meanwhile, unemployment is second with 38%.

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What Worries the World: 44% of people worldwide select COVID-19 as one of the main issues of concern facing their country - Report

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Research among adults aged 16-64 in 27 participating countries. c. 19,000 per month. (October 2020).
Source: Ipsos Global AdvisorMalaysia’s 19-point increase in concern about Coronavirus since last month makes this the nation currently most worried about COVID-19 (77% select this issue). We also see an increase in Great Britain (+5), now the second most concerned while Spain is in third with 60%.

(%) worried by Coronavirus in October 2020 in each country

What Worries the World: 44% of people worldwide select COVID-19 as one of the main issues of concern facing their country - Report
Representative sample of 19,511 adults aged 16-74 in 27 participating countries, September 25th 2020 – October 9th 2020.
Chart: Ipsos Source: Global Advisor

Unemployment (38%)

The relatively high level of worry about unemployment shown in our survey today reflects the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Consistent with previous months, South Africa is currently the most concerned about unemployment, mentioned by 62%. This is followed by Italy (60%), South Korea (59%) and Spain (also 59%). By contrast, only 13% in Germany are concerned about jobs.

Poverty/Social Inequality (30%)

Russia is the country where we see the highest level of concern about Poverty and social inequality – it has a score of 55%. Chile and Hungary, both at 44%, complete the top three.

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In fourth spot, Mexico has seen a 5-point increase in worry since last month.

Financial/political corruption (27%)

South Africa registers the highest level of concern about financial/political corruption (62%). The study records increased worry on this topic compared with last month in Chile (+5), Malaysia (+4) and Peru (+4).

Crime and violence (26%)

Ranked 5th globally, more than one in four place this in their top three biggest concerns.

With a 10-point increase on last month, South Africa is the country currently most concerned about this issue (62%), while Sweden has fallen back from 62% to 59%. There have also been notable increases since last month in India (+6), Italy (+6) and Peru (+4).

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What Worries the World: 44% of people worldwide select COVID-19 as one of the main issues of concern facing their country - Report
Research among adults aged 16-64 in 27 participating countries. c. 19,000 per month. (March – October 2020).
Source: Ipsos Global Advisor

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What Worries the World: 44% of people worldwide select COVID-19 as one of the main issues of concern facing their country - Report
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Across the 27 nations, more than six in ten (63%) on average – and a majority in 24 countries – say that things in their country are on the wrong track.

The countries where this sentiment is highest in October 2020 include South Africa (82%), France (79%), Spain (76%) and Belgium (76%).

Would you say things in this country are heading in the right direction, or are they off on the wrong track?

What Worries the World: 44% of people worldwide select COVID-19 as one of the main issues of concern facing their country - Report
Representative sample of 19,511 adults aged 16-74 in 27 participating countries, September 25th 2020 – October 9th 2020. Chart: Ipsos Source: Global Advisor

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