China is nearly twice as likely as any other country to say the world is getting better – while Britain is the fifth least optimistic |
New YouGov research of over 18,000 people finds that out of 17 countries China is by far the most likely to be optimistic about the future of the planet. 41% of Chinese internet users say the world is generally getting better – almost twice as many as the next most optimistic country, Indonesia with 23%. The percentage of optimists in China is four times the global average (10%).
It also shows that France is the most pessimistic country inthe world, with fully 81% saying the world is getting worse and only 3% sayingit is getting better. This is despite a strong uptick in French optimism aboutthe future of the European Union, measured in YouGov's monthly Eurotrack surveyof seven countries, increasing from net -50 in February 2015 to -26 inDecember.
There appears to be little relationshipbetween GDP per capita and optimism about the world – the US is richer than theUK (GDP per capita is 53K and 42K respectively) despite being nearly tied inpessimism (net -59 and net -56 respectively), while the second most pessimisticcountry, Australia, has almost 20 times more wealth per person than the secondmost optimistic, Indonesia. However the huge gap between China and the restsuggests something special. The sheer rate of growth in China, and aprioritisation of health, a measure which is objectively improving, in personalgoals, may be contributing to China's sunny outlook.