Thursday , 13 June 2024

How Optimistic/Pessimistic Is Your Country About Its Future Economy?

To what extent do residents of these 39 countries think their country’s economy willeconomy-2h-1 improve or worsen by the spring of 2014? Take a look.

The original article* was written by Bruce Stokes, Director of Global Economic Attitudes at the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project ( entitled Downbeat views prevail in G20 countries as summit begins.

The original article below is paraphrased by Lorimer Wilson, editor of  and and the FREE Market Intelligence Report newsletter (sample hereregister here). Please note that this paragraph must be included in any article reposting with a link to the article source to avoid copyright infringement.

The article conveys the following:

According to a survey of the residents of 39 countries conducted by the Pew Research Center earlier this year x% of the residents of the following countries were:

The Most Pessimistic:

  1. France (61%),
  2. Italy (48%),
  3. Britain (37%),
  4. U.S. (33%).

The Most Optimistic:

  1. China (80%),
  2. Brazil (79%),
  3. Mexico (56%),
  4. South Africa (48%),
  5. U.S. (44%).

The Status Quo:

  1. Russia (53%),
  2. Germany (49%),
  3. Indonesia (49%),
  4. Canada (47%),
  5. Japan (47%),
  6. Australia (41%).


[The above being expressed, however, it is believed that] public sentiment may prove too pessimistic in some of the advanced G20 economies and a bit too optimistic in some of the emerging markets when measured against current economic trends according to the latest interim economic assessment by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Paris-based think tank for the major economies [which is of the view that] “Growth is proceeding at encouraging rates in North America, Japan and the UK, but has slowed in some of the large emerging economies. Since they now account for a large share of the world economy, the slowdown in the emerging economies points to sluggish near-term growth globally, despite the pick-up in the advanced economies.”


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