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Global attitudes - and there are some surprises in there

Pew Research has just released one of its studies, this time on attitudes to sundry economic and social questions and polled folk in some 47 countries and territories, including us, the US, Canada, France, Germany, China, India and Japan.

And which countries are keenest on international trade? Senegal, Israel, Ivory Coast, Kenya, China, Kuwait and Malaysia - all at 90% or more. The US is last, at 59%. As later figures in the report make clear, it is Democrats who do not get it. We manage a middling 78%.

The Ivory Coast and Bangladesh have citizens most convinced of the benefits of free markets at 80% and 81% respectively. Bulgaria is bottom of the class on 42%.

The Ivory Coast is keenest on restricting immigration at 94%, and the South Koreans the least at 25%. The Ivory Coast has seen extensive economic migration from its neighbours, and I suspect the Koreans are thinking about their kin on the other side of the '38th parallel'.

Where are tin rattlers from the Friends of the Earth most likely to be shunned? Indonesia, the only country where a majority of respondents disagreed that the state should 'Protect the environment even if it slows growth and costs jobs'. Given that so much of Bangladesh is prone to flooding, their apparent enthusiasm for tree hugging (93%) is not that surprising.

In a moderately encouraging development, the proportion of Britons considering that government has to much control over our daily lives has risen from 54% in 2002 to 64% now. However, it is Bangladesh where there might appear to be the greatest scope for a Libertarian movement - 84% reckoning there to be too much control. Moloch is altogether more popular in Ghana and Peru, with only 31% concerned about encroachments.


More later, maybe.

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Anonymous verity said... 4:46 pm

I don't know anything about Bangladesh, but Indonesia derives a lot of income from teak. The jungle is always abuzz with the sound of power saws felling trees. They also make charcoal.  



Anonymous Ellee said... 9:40 pm

I'm not surprised about the low figure for Bulgarians and free trade, don't they prefer bribery?  



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