Twenty Twenty YOU!
How do you feel about the prospects for 2022? According to a global survey, despite the arrival of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, people worldwide are feeling surprisingly optimistic about the new year.
COVID-19 is not an apparent cause for optimism, but the progress of vaccination programmes is giving people hope that things will improve. More than 80% of the world’s population will receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
2. The Environment
Although people around the world expect extreme weather events caused by global warming to intensify in 2022, there was more optimism about the readiness of people to take action to halt it.
Almost a third of people around the world expect their society to become more tolerant due to the events of the last two years. This feeling is strongest in China, where 83% expect increased tolerance in 2022, although only 9% of people in France agree.
More than seven in 10 (71%) think city centres will become more vibrant as people return to working in offices in 2022. Nine out of 10 (87%) people in China say this is likely to happen, as do four in five (78%) in Argentina, Brazil and Colombia.
4. The Economy
Optimism about the state of the global economy is picking up. People have greater expectations for stock market stability in 2022 than in 2021 when 40% said significant stock markets worldwide were likely to crash.
Although three-quarters of people worldwide expect prices in their countries to rise faster than incomes, over two fifths (42%) think a stock market crash is unlikely.
5. Alien Invasion
Of course, there’s still plenty to worry about in 2022. But according to the survey, an alien invasion is not top of most people’s lists – only 14% thought it was likely. However, almost a third of India’s people expect to greet visitors from another planet.
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