Indonesians optimistic on economy, U.S. gloomy: survey

Mon Aug 3, 2009 7:38am EDT
 
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SINGAPORE (Reuters Life!) - Indonesians are the most optimistic that their economy will get better, while the French, British and Americans are the most pessimistic, a survey by market research firm Synovate showed on Monday.

The most popular perception of the economy was that it is "in a bad patch but will get better quickly," chosen by 75 percent of Indonesians, 59 percent of respondents from the United Arab Emirates and 58 percent of Malaysians.

But the French, British and Americans were more likely to agree with "the economy is going downhill and will get worse before it gets better."

Indonesia is maintaining an economic growth outlook of over 4 percent this year, contrasting with expectations for the U.S. economy to potentially begin growing again in the third quarter and for the eurozone to only see positive growth in 2010.

Over a third of Americans are stockpiling food, just in case, the survey said.

South Koreans and the Japanese were most likely to see the economy as having bottomed out.

Synovate, a part of Aegis Group, interviewed over 17,300 people across 26 markets. Only 4 percent of respondents thought their country's economy was strong, led by people in Cyprus, Brazil and India.

For a guide to Reuters polls, see.

(Reporting by Neil Chatterjee; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)