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A cheery bunch, the Hellenes

More from that WEF survey.

Asked whether "the next generation will have more economic prosperity, less economic prosperity or the same as now?" Greece was the most pessimistic, with 72% reckoning their descendants would be worse off, and moreover when asked "Do you think the next generation will live in a safer or less safe world or will it be the same as now?", 83% opted for less safe.

Meanwhile, a people rather nearer the sharp end, the Iraqis were more optimistic on the latter question - 40% thinking things would look up, and 24% expecting continuity. Of the African countries polled, the Nigerians were pretty cheery, as were the Kenyans, although one suspects the fieldwork was not that recent.

And guess which country trusts its politicians the least? For once it is not the UK (where 3% of the population managed to stop drooling long enough to say they trust politicians), but rather the US and Panama, with a vote of confidence amounting to 1%. Canada was third at 2%. 24% of Belgians trusted pols (I am beginning to think that the Belgian pollees included an awful lot of drunks, prank-minded students and situationists), leading the world ahead of Pakistan at 21%. Unbelievable.

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Blogger Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said... 10:36 am

In the U.S. they have good reason - hence the gun freedom.  



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