2017 did not start off with the brightest of prospects for most people around the world. WIth civil wars raging around the world, global growth slowing and nationalism and populism on the rise, the world looks decidedly gloomier than it did at the beginning of 2016. Now there is a survey that confirms that people around most of the word think their country is headed int he wrong direction.
We looked at data from a survey conducted by Ipsos/Mori from October 20 to November 4. This week's chart shows the sentiment in major countries around the world. China is the most optimistic by a large margin. 90% of Chinese citizens surveyed think their country is headed in the right direction. Next are Saudi Arabia and India with 80% and 76% of respondents from these countries respectively agreeing with the sentiment that their country is headed in the right direction. It is important to note that the survey was conducted before the November 8 note-ban move from the Indian government. Although recent reports indicate, the Indian public is largely in support of the government despite the hardships it faced. Surprisingly, Russia figures in the 4th spot with 58% of Russian survey respondents thinking that their country is headed in the right direction. With recent international sanctions, reduced foreign investment, and the trouble faced by the Rouble it does come as a surprise. Brazil, the other quarter of the BRIC, draws a sharp contrast with Russia, India, and China- only 17% of Brazilians think their country is headed in the right direction. Given the sharp decline in the local economy and political turmoil (President Dilma Rousseff was ousted late last year), this is no surprise.
The United States is in the middle of the pack with just over a third of the respondents thinking the country i is headed in the right direction. So almost two-third of the respondents thought the country was headed int he wrong direction. This explains the surprising (at least per the predictions in the media) win of Donald Trump. Most Europeans countries also believe their country is headed in the wrong direction. To see what specific issues are important in some of these countries, you can explore the detailed survey results here.