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COVID-19 stays No.1 worry for Global Citizens and Urban Indians in September 2020: Ipsos What Worries the World monthly Global Survey

More urban Indians are optimistic about how their country is doing; global citizens are riding on pessimism

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The September 2020 results of What Worries the World continues to paint a gloomy picture for global citizens, with at least 6 in 10 (62%) believing their country is on the wrong track. Urban Indians on the contrary are comparatively, more buoyant and at least 62% believe the country is moving in the right direction. 

The survey of 27 markets and over 20,000 global citizens shows,  COVID19 remains top worry for global citizens and urban Indians – consecutively for 6 months, refusing to budge from pole position, as infections continue to rise; and while those getting cured are also in large number, at the same time, people continue to lose lives, due to the virus. Joblessness, perturbs urban Indians and global citizens  - in India 1 in 2 is worried about unemployment.

Markets Most optimistic & Least Optimistic   

Interestingly, the markets most optimistic are the usual suspects of Saudi Arabia (80%), Malaysia (67%) and India (62%).  

And the markets most pessimistic were of South Africa (86%), Belgium (78%), Chile (76%), Spain (74%), France (73%), among others.  

COVID 19 Worry – Markets most concerned and least concerned   

At least 45% of global citizens are worried about COVID 19!

The markets most worried are also the ones that are still grappling with the resilient corona virus – South Korea (72%), Australia (63%), Japan (60%), Malaysia (58%), Spain (58%), Great Britain (56%), India (55%), Peru (55%), Saudi Arabia (54%), the US (54%), among others. 

On the other hand, the markets least worried about COVID 19 were of, Russia (20%), Sweden (27%), South Africa (29%), Hungary (30%) and Belgium (32%). 

Top 5 global issues (worries) and those of Urban Indians, in September 2020. 

Top 5 global issues                                                        Top 5 issues in India        


1) COVID-19 (45%)                                                        1) COVID-19 (55%)                                   2) Unemployment & jobs (39%)                                       2) Unemployment & Jobs (53%)
3) Poverty and social inequality (30%)                   3) Financial and political corruption (29%)    

4) Crime and violence (27%)                                    4) Poverty and social inequality (23%)

5) Financial/ political corruption (27%)5) Healthcare (23%)


“India has been cautiously forging ahead in the pandemic. Though India ranks high in terms of the overall level of optimism, COVID19 continues to remain our top issue. Interestingly, the second issue - unemployment & jobs – garners almost a similar score as COVID19, indicating people are showing an equal concern on the pandemic itself and the economic fallout of the pandemic. The government has the tough task of managing a delicate balance between managing infections by delaying full scale relaxation and the impact of curtailed economic activity on employment generation,“ said Amit Adarkar, CEO, Ipsos India.   



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