POLL: IRAQIS AND AFGHANIS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THEIR ECONOMIC FUTURE
When asked if things are getting better or worse for themselves and their families
Afghanistan 70% better 26% worse
Iraq 65% better 27% worse
Iran 53% better 40% worse Saudi Arabia 30% better 29% worse
Turkey 31% better 41% worse
When asked about economic conditions in the country
Afghanistan 57% better 38% worse
Iraq 56% better 39% worse Iran 42% better 46% worse Saudi Arabia 35% better 25% worse Turkey 30% better 41% worse
When asked about economic conditions in the World
Iraq 71% better 21% worse Afghanistan 63% better 11% worse Iran 45% better 48% worse Turkey 25% better 27% worse Saudi Arabia 19% better 35% worse.
This is particularly striking as the answers tend to reflect at least as much the mood of the country as objective economic performance. Indian optimism (59/13; 57/23; 66/15) may be justified by its economic performance tic but US economic performance does not justify American pessimism about the country's and the world economic prospects (56/34; 39/58; 37/56).
Also striking is the deep French (36/52; 12/83; 20/70) and Italian pessimism (14/54; 11/78; 14/69) especially when compared to the growing German optimism (38/27; 50/37; 51/30)
Finally, I cannot avoid mentioning another striking number. 64% of the Americans and 59% or the Australians believe that the news media is a negative influence in the world. In no other country does the majority hold a similar jaundiced view of the media.
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