What countries around the world fear the most

Survey shows 19 of 40 countries were concerned about climate change while 14 were more scared of IS


Web Desk July 16, 2015
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People around the world were asked in a survey what they thought were the greatest global threats, and unsurprisingly 'climate change' and the 'Islamic State' made it to the top.

In a survey conducted by Pew Research Centre, 19 of 40 countries said they were 'very concerned' about climate change whereas 14 said they were more scared of the terrorist organisation, IS. Only five said they were worried about global economic instability.

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The survey had asked respondents which of the seven issues they were more concerned about. Those issues were global climate change, global economic instability, Iran’s nuclear programme, IS, tensions with Russia, territorial disputes with China, and cyber-attacks.

According to the survey, people in Europe, North America and Australia feared IS the most, whereas Asians, South Americans and Africans considered climate change as more troubling.

Source; Pew Research Centre

Israel was the only country that found the Iranian nuclear programme as most threatening. On the other hand, compared with other countries, only the US had a greater percentage of people who were very concerned about it, although it was not their top priority. None of the countries surveyed considered cyber-attacks as their top priority.

Source: Pew Research Centre

Earlier on Tuesday, Israel’s prime minister had condemned the nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers as an ‘historic mistake for the world.’

The deal was reached after all the concerned parties agreed that international trade sanctions on Iran would be lifted and in return it would not develop a nuclear weapon.

Source: Pew Research Centre

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Speaking about the nuclear deal, US president Barack Obama said that the agreement was not built on trust, but instead on verification, as inspectors will ensure the country is complying.

However, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “The world is a much more dangerous place. Wide-ranging concessions were made in all of the areas which should have prevented Iran from getting the ability to arm itself with a nuclear weapon.”

Pew conducted research in 40 countries among 45,435 respondents from March 25 to May 27 this year.

This article originally appeared on Independent

COMMENTS (1)

unbelievable | 5 years ago | Reply I believe that many Western countries wish they had never allowed Muslims to immigrate to their countries ... I suspect the American's would be an exception which would certainly defy the Islamophobia rubbish promoted on this website.
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