In 2017, ComRes conducted an international survey for the Global Challenges Foundation capturing the views of the general public on global risks and global cooperation. An online survey was conducted in Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States, and the data was weighted to be representative of the population in each of the country by age, gender and religion.
The survey reveals that citizens want greater action across the board, from national and sub-national governments, the UN, businesses, regional bodies and NGOs. The UN is considered the most able to respond to global risks (60%) but there is overwhelming support for it to be reformed (85%).
There is also strong support for a new supranational organization to be created to make enforceable decisions to address global risks (71%). In the United States, support for this kind of organization has risen from 49% to 67% since 2014 when a similar survey was conducted.