Optimism, the world survey by Doxa

The 42nd edition of the End of Year World Survey on predictions, expectations and hopes of the citizens of 50 countries around the world conducted by Doxa in Italy on behalf of Gallup International reveals that, globally, optimism continues to dominate over pessimism. Africa is surprisingly the most optimistic continent. Among the countries stand out Mexico, India, non-EU European countries and the USA. While Italy …

Gallup International, the world’s largest network of independent research institutes, of which Doxa is partner for Italy and founding member, published the results of the 42nd edition of the End of Year World Survey on predictions, expectations and hopes of the citizens of 50 countries around the world. Surprisingly, the forecast of a better 2019 is growing for the majority of people interviewed on the African continent, typically optimistic despite difficult living conditions. In detail: Ghana is the most optimistic African country. Among the optimistic continents also Latin America, where those who say they are optimistic or very optimistic were superior to the pessimists. Although the prize of the optimists in the Americas is up to Mexico. Among the most optimistic countries in the world, there are also India, the non-EU European countries (Albania is in the lead) and the USA.

ITALY, TAIL-END – Italy is among the most pessimistic countries in the world. Next to Jordan, Lebanon, South Korea and Hong Kong. With this worldwide survey, people have been asked whether, according to them, 2019 will be a year of peace or not and has emerged that unfavorable opinions prevail slightly: 34% of respondents globally is expecting a year characterized by a greater number of international conflicts compared to 2018, while 28% is expecting a more peaceful year. India, Ghana and Albania also appear in this case among the most positive countries, together with Nigeria and, curiously, to Pakistan. Instead, the country that more than any other foresees a year of major unrests is France with 70% of affirmative answers.


A total of 48 745 people was interviewed globally. In each country a representative sample of around 1000 men and women was interviewed either face to face (27 countries; n=28063), via telephone (7 countries; n=5922) or online (16 countries; n=14760). The fieldwork was conducted during October – December 2018. The margin of error for the survey is between +3-5% at 95% confidence level.

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