Mixed feelings over prosperous New Year

Power and prosperity are shifting
to the east and to emerging economic nations, a new global poll says.

The survey of economic prospects
for 2011 suggests the biggest number of optimists live in countries like China,
Brazil and India.

The survey, conducted by leading
pollsters associated with Gallup International, suggests the most downhearted
country is the UK.

The survey questioned 64,000 people
in 53 countries.

It measures levels of optimism
about personal well-being and the state of the economy in the coming 12 months.

Globally, opinion is evenly divided
about whether 2011 will be a year of prosperity, with 30 per cent saying Yes
and 28 per cent No, while 42 per cent believe it will be unchanged.

There are marked differences
between the Bric countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China – and the rich G7
of the US, Canada, Germany, France, UK, Italy and Japan.

The survey team has drawn up a
Global Barometer of Hope and Despair.

People in 19 of the countries are
generally optimistic about their well-being next year and 34 countries are

The UK was particularly downbeat in
four key questions.

Will 2011 be a year of prosperity?
UK – 8 per cent Yes; World average 30 per cent

Will unemployment rise? UK 37 per
cent Yes; World average 17 per cent

Will you find a job quickly if you
become unemployed? UK 17 per cent Yes; World average 31 per cent.

Will 2011 be better than 2010? UK
23 per cent Yes; World average 42 per cent.


People in the UK were more negative about the future than the global average.

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