Greece topped the list of countries whose citizens believe that globalisation creates more problems than it solves, according to a world-wide survey conducted by TNS-ICAP in cooperation with the Gallup International Association in 64 countries spread over five continents, the results of which were released in Athens on Monday.
More specifically, according to the survey results, a 56 percent majority of world citizens are opposed to globalisation, believing that it creates more problems than it solves. Greece topped the list, with 72 percent of the respondents in agreement with that opinion.
In a total 64 countries, 56 percent of the respondents either replied either «agree» or «totally agree» that globalisation creates more problems than it solves, while 30 percent either «disagree» or «totally disagree» with that view. The area with the highest proportion of citizens with a negative view of globalisation was Asia, with 64 percent, while Africa was the only region in which the proportion of citizens with a positive view of globalisation (50 percent) exceeded that of those with a negative view (41 percent).
With respect to individual countries, the five countries with the highest proportion of citizens with a negative view of globalisation were Greece (72 percent), Japan (71 percent), Croatia (70 percent), Austria (69 percent) and France (67 percent). Worthy of note is the fact that three of those countries are Western European countries and EU member states (Greece, Austria and France).
Also, the proportion of Greek respondents who replied «totally agree» with the view that globalisation creates more problems than it solves was a high 47 percent, followed by Croatia with 34 percent, while the country with the smallest proportion was Japan, with just 9 percent.
Conversely, the five countries with the highest proportions of citizens in favour of globalisation — who disagreed with the view that it creates more problems than it solves — were Albania (62 percent), Nigeria (56 percent), Taiwan (53 percent), Kenya (52 percent) and Egypt (52 percent). Worthy of note is that no EU member state, nor the US, were among the top five countries whose citizens were in favour of globalisation.