people are almost twice as optimistic about the world as those from
other countries, while Britons are the fifth most pessimistic, according
to a recent survey.
YouGov surveyed more than 18,000 people in 17 countries, and found
that 41 percent of internet users in China say the world is getting
better. The country’s sunny outlook is nearly double the next most
optimistic country, Indonesia, with 23 percent and four times the global
average of 10 percent.
While it’s said in most places the chances of getting killed by
another human, life expectancy, poverty, democracy and the rule of law
have all improved significantly over the past 200 years, 65 percent of
adults in Britain disagree. An analysis of more than 10,000 British
people last year found that believing the world is getting better
depends significantly on being young, educated and middle class.
But despite being high on the list of countries which are less
optimistic about the future of the planet, the British are far less
pessimistic than the French. According to the survey, 81 percent of
internet users in France say the world is getting worse, while only
three percent say it’s getting better.
France’s bleak perspective comes despite a strong uptick in French
optimism about the future of the European Union, which is measured
monthly by YouGov’s Euro track survey of seven countries.
When it comes to gross domestic product per capita and optimism about
the world, research shows there seems to be little relationship. The
United States has more than 31 percent more GDP per capita than the
United Kingdom, however the two countries are equally pessimistic, with
65 percent of respondents saying the world is getting worse.
Meanwhile, Australia, which is the second most pessimistic country,
has almost 20 times more wealth per person than the second most
optimistic, Indonesia. Only three percent of respondents in Australia
believe things are looking up.
In other countries around the globe, eight percent of people in both
Denmark and Finland believe the world is getting better compared with
four percent of people in both Germany and Singapore.
Research suggests the huge gap between China and the rest of the world
when it comes to the fate of the planet reveals something special. The
country’s sheer rate of growth, a prioritization of health and quality
of food are all contributing factors to this belief in a bright future.