Family planning, higher education are priorities globally: Neilsen poll

Fri Jul 12, 2013 3:28pm EDT
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Family planning, higher education and quality time with loved ones are priorities for people around the world, according to a new global Nielsen survey focusing on lifestyle values released on Friday.

The Nielsen poll of more than 29,000 people in 58 countries also showed that most people think women should have a say in important household issues, but opinions diverged on how the roles of wife and mother are perceived.

"It was very striking that spending quality time with family was the No. 1 most important item," said James Russo, senior vice president of Global Consumer Insights of Nielsen, a global provider of information and insights.

In Nielsen's first poll on lifestyle values, 80 percent of people surveyed said that spending time with family was most important, with the number rising to 88 percent in Latin America.

"One of the more interesting findings is the consistency in these values," Russo added, "which tells us that we are similar in many ways."

Family planning, or deciding on how many children to have, was a top issue, with 77 percent of people saying it was important, particularly in Latin America.

In largely Catholic countries such as Venezuela, Brazil and Mexico, 90 percent or more agreed that it was crucial, compared to 45 percent of Norwegians and more than 50 percent of Danes and French.

The rating for higher education was similar around the world, with 78 percent of people globally saying it was a priority.   Continued...