Global Optimism

Most people tend to be optimistic about the future, and 2018 is apparently no exception. An online survey conducted by the Ipsos organization in 28 different countries found that 76% of global citizens think 2018 will be a better year than 2017. Overall, Latin Americans are the most optimistic this year and Europeans are the least.

As you can see from the accompanying chart, Chinese and Indian citizens—who happen to participate in two of the most rapidly-growing economies in the world—are the most optimistic, with 88% and 87% respectively feeling upbeat about the coming year. You might be surprised to see that Russians are more optimistic than Americans this year (does Putin have a health issue we don’t know about?), or that the French and Japanese are the most pessimistic by a wide margin.

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