While global optimism over 2023 has dropped, despite everything, the world is still on average more hopeful than not. According to the latest data from Ipsos, a global average of 65% of respondents say they feel optimistic that 2023 will be better than 2022. Yet as our chart shows, that’s down 12 percentage points from last year and the lowest score recorded since Ipsos started running the survey, Statista reports.
Of course, a global average as a single figure hides the differences between countries. For instance, when looking at an international breakdown, Brazil has a relatively high share of people feeling positive about the coming year. Out of the 32 countries polled, it comes out on top, with 85% of respondents feeling more optimistic about 2023 than 2022. This has climbed slightly on last year, when 82% of respondents said they felt optimistic looking ahead.
At the opposite end of the spectrum stands Japan. The country has only 36% of its respondents feeling more positive about next year, which is an 18 percentage point drop from one year before. This is supported by a similar survey carried out earlier this year by Nippon, which similarly found that respondents, especially the younger generation, felt little hope that their country was set to improve anytime soon, partly due to the country having entered an era of declining population and low economic growth.
The UK has a more equal split. Where a total of 87% of Britons considered 2022 to be a particularly bad year for the country, over 80% of respondents also said it’s likely prices will increase faster than people’s incomes next year, that inflation will be higher in 2023 than 2022, and that interest rates will climb further still.
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