As a follow-up to the Global Challenges Foundation’s international survey in 2017 on attitudes toward global risks and global governance, GCF commissioned ComRes in April 2018 to conduct a second survey capturing the views of the general public to see if there were differences in perceptions on global risks and global cooperation. An online survey of 10,030 adults aged between 18 and 64 was conducted across Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, 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 revealed that six in ten consider the world more dangerous in 2018 than 2 years ago. Politically motivated violence was rated as a global catastrophic risk for 88 percent of respondents, while WMDs were listed as a risk by 85 percent of respondents.
After the meeting of US President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un in the landmark Singapore summit, which was seen as the first step towards total denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, GCF and ComRes conducted an additional three-question survey to measure public attitudes towards global security. The survey found that the summit had not served to reassure the majority – less than three in ten agreed that the world was more secure because of the meeting.
However, in contrast to the current trends of isolationism and populism, the survey also revealed a strong signal for greater cooperation. More than four in five adults think that the United Nations should be reformed to better address global risks, and seven adults in ten think that a new supranational organisation should be created to respond to global risks, a similar number to the 2017 survey findings.