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Perceptions on important issues facing the world among British and Americans 2018

This statistic shows the results of a survey of people in the United Kingdom (UK) and United States regarding issues facing the world in 2018. Of UK respondents, 57 percent thought that extremism and terrorism was a top three issue facing the word, compared with 50 percent of Americans. Poverty was the most frequent answer among US respondents, with 52 percent believing it to be one of the top three issues facing the world.

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Release date

July 2018


United Kingdom, United States

Survey time period

April 11-26, 2018 (UK) April 12-25, 2018 (U.S)

Number of respondents


Age group

18-34 year olds

Special properties

UK and US residents with a secondary education.

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* 1636 UK respondents and 1000 US respondents.

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