Majority optimistic about technology in 2021, but health, jobs and environment top personal risk list


A new survey from the World Economic Forum / Ipsos found that most adults are optimistic about access to technology, digital tools and training in the next 12 months, but are seriously concerned about the state of the world. climate, labor market and global health. These conclusions ahead of the Davos Agenda week underscore the importance for public and private sector leaders to come together to face the changes needed in a crucial year ahead.

According to the survey, the percentage of those who expect the availability of digital tools and technology to improve in 2021 exceeds the percentage of those who think it will get worse in all geographies. This is especially the case in Saudi Arabia (57 points), Peru (55 points) and India (48 points). Italy is the only country where, although the proportion of optimists is 3 points higher than that of pessimists, the difference is not statistically significant.

Significantly higher proportions of people expect training and education opportunities to improve in 2021 rather than worsen in 12 countries, mainly Saudi Arabia (by 45 points), Peru (44 points), Mexico (36 points) and China (36 points).

However, there are global concerns about deteriorating health, loss of income or jobs, and more frequent weather-related natural disasters – each seen as a real threat by three in five adults worldwide.

Source: World Economic Forum

Pessimists outnumber optimists on the other five issues measured: the pace of climate change (by 20 points); Job opportunities (15 points); General health conditions (by 5 points); Inequality (of 4 points), and Relations between his country and the other countries (of 2 points).

The pandemic has accelerated the systemic changes that were apparent before it began. The fault lines that emerged in 2020 now appear to be a critical crossroads in 2021. The Davos agenda will help leaders choose innovative and bold solutions to stem the pandemic and foster a strong recovery over the next year.

Regarding the Davos agenda, Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum said: “In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to reset priorities and the urgency to reform systems have strengthened around the world. Restoring confidence and increasing global cooperation are key to fostering innovative and bold solutions to stem the pandemic and foster a strong recovery. This unique meeting will be an opportunity for leaders to present their vision and address the most important issues of our time, such as the need to accelerate job creation and protect the environment.

Source: World Economic Forum

These are the results of a survey carried out in 28 countries by Ipsos on its online platform Global Advisor. Ipsos surveyed a total of 23,004 adults aged 18 to 74 in the United States, Canada, Malaysia, South Africa and Turkey, 21 to 74 in Singapore, and 16 to 74 in 22 others. country between Wednesday December 23, 2020 and Friday January 8. , 2021.

When the results do not add up to 100 or the “difference” appears to be +/- 1 more / less than the reality, this may be due to rounding, multiple responses or the exclusion of responses Don’t know or not declared.
Source: World Economic Forum


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