MOST PEOPLE THINK THE WORLD IS MORE DANGEROUS
MOST people think the world is more dangerous today than it was two years ago as concerns rise over politically-motivated violence and weapons of mass destruction, according to a survey released recently.
Six out of 10 respondents to the survey, commissioned by the Global Challenges Foundation, said the dangers had increased, with conflict and nuclear or chemical weapons seen as more pressing risks than population growth or climate change.
The results come amid growing tensions between the United States and fellow members over defence spending, which some fear could damage morale and play into the hands of Russia.
“It’s clear that our current systems of global co-operation are no longer making people feel safe,” said Mats Andersson, vice chairperson of the Global Challenges Foundation.
Andersson said turbulence between Nato powers and Russia, ongoing conflict in Syria, Yemen and Ukraine and nuclear tensions with North Korea and Iran were making people feel unsafe.
The survey findings are based on responses from more than 10 000 people in 10 countries surveyed by polling firm ComRes in April this year.