IPSOS Survey: Majority of Indians are optimistic about prospects for 2022

According to the Ipsos Global Predictions 2022 online polls, the markets most optimistic were China (87%), and Saudi Arabia (79%), apart from India

Ipsos global Predictions 2022 Survey in 33 countries among 22,023 adults shows a majority of urban Indians (80%) and global citizens (77%) are optimistic of the prospects for 2022, predicting it to be a better year than 2021.

Eight in 10 urban Indians (80%) and 61% of the global citizens polled predict the Economy to emerge stronger in 2022. The markets most optimistic were China (87%), India (80%), and Saudi Arabia (79%). The least optimistic were Turkey (40%), Belgium (44%), and Russia (45%).

Further, there is optimism around city centers getting busy again with life limping back to normalcy around people getting back to offices again – 7 in 10 agree globally (71%), India has 3 in 4 agreeing (74%) and interestingly, all 33 markets have more number of respondents feeling optimistic – markets at the top were China (87%), Malaysia (86%), Netherlands (81%) and Israel (80%).

While most global citizens disagree, at least 6 in 10 Urban Indians (60%) expect people to get more tolerant towards each other in 2022. Markets that expect this more likely to happen were China (83%) and Malaysia (66%).

Commenting on the findings of the survey, Amit Adarkar, CEO, Ipsos India said, “Most respondents are optimistic of the bright prospects for 2022 and expect the economy to grow, vaccination drive to accelerate and cover the majority of the population and further they expect tolerance levels to improve. Full recovery is still a long way and Omicron surge could spoil the party if stern measures of isolation, vaccination, and other protocols are not taken to stop the spread.”

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45% of global citizens polled hold this view; India showed polarized views with 1 in 2 (52%) agreeing; the Markets agreeing most were China (68%), Singapore (67%), and Malaysia (66%). And markets agreeing least were Belgium (27%), Saudi Arabia (29%), Colombia (34%), South Korea (35%), and Netherlands (35%).

Prices will outpace people’s incomes is the perception of most global citizens (75%). The markets agreeing most were Russia (88%), Chile (85%), Netherlands (85%), Romania (85%), and Colombia (84%). India had at least 2 in 3 agreeing (68%). Market agreeing least was Japan (33%).

A lot more people will live their lives in virtual worlds was the view of at least 57% of global citizens polled and 6 in 10 Urban Indians (60%); markets agreeing most were Turkey (77%), Malaysia (75%), Brazil (74%), Poland (72%) and Singapore (72%). Markets agreeing the least were Japan (18%), China (33%), and Saudi Arabia (36%).

More extreme weather events could take place in 2022, feel 6 in 10 global citizens; India had 62% predicting. Markets most wary of adverse weather events taking place were the Netherlands (72%), Great Britain (69%), Australia (68%), and Italy (68%). Saudi Arabia (27%) had least expected it to happen.

Fear of a rogue AI program that can’t be shut down and could cause global havoc

27% of global citizens feared it could happen in 2022; markets agreeing most were Malaysia (56%), India (46%), and Turkey (43%). The markets agreeing least were Hungary (15%), Sweden (16%), Netherlands (18%), Denmark (18%), and Canada (18%).

“Price will outpace incomes and escapism in the virtual world will grow, also strict laws for large tech companies by the government could happen are some of the predictions. Inflation, binge-watching of content will be carried forward to 2022,” added Adarkar.

(Courtesy: Ipsos)

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