Unemployment, poverty top global worries: poll

Tue Feb 1, 2011 4:30pm EST
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Unemployment, poverty and social injustice are the top global concerns and most people think their country is heading in the wrong direction, according to a new poll.

The Ipsos/Reuters survey of 18,676 adults in 24 nations in Asia, Africa, Europe and North and South America also showed that only a third of global citizens are 'satisfied' with the way things are going in their own country.

The lack of jobs was a bigger concern than corruption and financial scandals except in India, Indonesia and South Korea, and trumped healthcare in all countries apart from Brazil and Canada.

"Global worries have not changed since 2010," said John Wright, senior vice president and managing director at Ipsos, said in an interview.

He found two of the findings particularly interesting.

"First even though unemployment and jobs is at the top of the list, the most ubiquitous issue is really poverty and social inequality," he explained, adding it was among the main four concerns in 23 countries.

"The second thing that was really revealing was in terms of how badly off Europe is ... France and the UK and most of Europe, except Germany, is in such a dire circumstance in terms of where people think their country is at and where it is going."

By contrast the majority of residents of China, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Indonesia and India are confident in the direction their country is headed.   Continued...

<p>People wait to enter a government job centre in Madrid, October 4, 2010. REUTERS/Andrea Comas</p>