Which Countries Believe WWIII is Coming?


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    The Briefing

    • In every single country surveyed, the majority of respondents believed a world war would break out in coming years
    • Australia was the most pessimistic, and Japan was the most optimistic

    Which Countries Believe WWIII is Coming?

    After a pandemic, rampant inflation, a faltering global economy, and geopolitical flare-ups, it’s no surprise that people have a souring outlook on the future.

    Even so, the results of this recent survey by Ipsos are eyebrow raising. In all 33 countries where polling took place, the majority of respondents said they believe a world war on the scale of WWI and WWII would break out between global superpowers in coming years.

    Here’s a look at how various countries felt about the possibility of an impending global conflict:

    Country % somewhat/strongly agree Change from 2021 (p.p.)
    🇦🇺 Australia 81% +8
    🇮🇪 Ireland 80% n/a
    🇲🇽 Mexico 80% +8
    🇵🇪 Peru 80% +3
    🇮🇳 India 79% +3
    🇨🇱 Chile 78% +3
    🇨🇴 Colombia 78% +1
    🇲🇾 Malaysia 78% +4
    🇹🇭 Thailand 78% n/a
    🇧🇪 Belgium 77% +18
    🇷🇴 Romania 77% n/a
    🇨🇦 Canada 76% +13
    🇺🇸 United States 76% +6
    🇫🇷 France 75% +16
    🇬🇧 Great Britain 75% +19
    🇳🇱 Netherlands 75% +15
    🇿🇦 South Africa 75% +3
    🇪🇸 Spain 75% +5
    🇦🇪 UAE 75% n/a
    🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia 74% +12
    Global Country Average 73% +10
    🇧🇷 Brazil 72% +10
    🇦🇷 Argentina 71% +5
    🇹🇷 Turkey 71% +8
    🇵🇱 Poland 70% +4
    🇺🇦 Ukraine 70% n/a
    🇰🇷 South Korea 69% +17
    🇭🇺 Hungary 67% +10
    🇨🇳 China 64% +6
    🇮🇹 Italy 64% +19
    🇩🇪 Germany 63% +17
    🇮🇩 Indonesia 63% n/a
    🇸🇪 Sweden 60% +11
    🇯🇵 Japan 51% +16

    Japan was the least sure of an impending global conflict—an opinion that is almost certainly shaped by the country’s historical experience in WWII.

    Australia was the most certain of an impending global conflict. The country has a unique relationship with Asian and Western countries, so geopolitical tensions between superpowers may resonate more in the Land Down Under.

    The Power of Fear

    Given the negative slant of stories covered by mass media and the types of stories that are most widely shared on social media platforms, it’s easy to understand how people have developed such a gloomy view of the future. But “bad vibes” aside, how could this perception translate into real world action?

    For one, public opinion helps shape political priorities. A narrative of impending conflict could have an impact on geopolitical policy and relationships.

    Another possibility is an increase in military spending across the board. 64% of people across 30 countries somewhat or strongly agree that their home government should beef up military spending “given the dangers in the world.” Aside from Ukraine, India (84%) and Poland (81%) ranked the highest in support of increasing military spending.

    One other noteworthy finding is that 85% of people in the countries surveyed believe that the world needs new international agreements and institutions to deal with the challenges faced by the world today, and that world powers are unlikely to respect agreements made through international bodies. These findings are significant since war becomes more likely as cooperation between countries breaks down.

    Where does this data come from?

    Source: Ipsos, for Halifax International Security Forum

    Data note: These are the results of a 33-market survey conducted by Ipsos on its Global Advisor online platform. Ipsos interviewed a total of 32,507 adults aged 18-74 in the United States, Canada, Malaysia, South Africa, and Turkey, 20-74 in Thailand, 21-74 in Indonesia, and 16-74 in the remaining markets between Friday, September 23 and Friday, October 7, 2022.

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    Vittorio Ferla

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