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Global Challenges Foundation Global Risks Survey

Public perceptions across 8 countries of global risks and organisations’ capability to respond effectively to them.

  • A majority (61%) of the general public in the eight countries surveyed consider the world to be more insecure today when it comes to global risks compared with two year ago. A quarter (27%) consider the world much more insecure today.
  • Usage of weapons of mass destruction is ranked as the global risk needing the most urgent response (62%), followed by politically motivated violence (57%) and climate change (56%).
  • Eight adults in ten (85%) think that the UN needs to be reformed to better address global risks. Only 7% do not think that it needs to be reformed.
  • Nearly three quarters (71%) of the general public across the eight countries think that a new supranational organisation should be created to make enforceable global decisions to address global risks.

Date Published: 24/05/2017

Categories: International | Public and communities

Client: Global Challenges Foundation


ComRes interviewed 8,101 adults aged between 18 and 64 across: Australia (1,000), Brazil (1,018), China (1,031), Germany (1,001), India (1,013), South Africa (1,038), the UK (1,000) and the USA (1,000). The research was conducted between 27 April and 10 May 2017. The data were weighted to be nationally representative of the population in each of the country by age, gender and region.

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