The majority of respondents thought a world war may start in the near future in every country polled. So, which are the countries that believe WWIII is coming?
It is understandable that people are pessimistic about the future in the wake of a pandemic, escalating inflation, a struggling global economy, and geopolitical upheavals.
However, the findings of this latest Ipsos survey raise questions. According to Nick Routley of Visual Capitalist, most people surveyed in each of the 33 nations where polling was conducted stated they anticipated a world conflict between superpowers on the same magnitude as World Wars I and II in the near future.
Here is a look at how different nations perceived the likelihood of a looming international conflict:
The belief that a world war was about to break out was lowest in Japan, which is almost certainly due to its historical experience in World War II.
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Australia had the strongest premonition of an imminent world war. Geopolitical tensions amongst superpowers may be particularly felt in Australia given its special relationship with both Asian and Western nations.
The Power of Fear
It is simple to understand how people have come to have such a pessimistic outlook on the future given the negative slant of tales covered by the media and the kinds of news that are most frequently shared on social media sites.
It is simple to understand how people have come to have such a pessimistic outlook on the future given the negative slant of tales covered by the media and the kinds of news that are most frequently shared on social media sites. Putting aside the “bad vibes,” how could this notion actually be put into practice? But, leaving aside the “bad vibes,” how could this perspective be translated into real-world action?
One way is that political priorities are influenced by public opinion. Geopolitical relations and policy may be impacted by a narrative of approaching conflict.
An rise in military spending across the board is a further prospect. According to 64% of individuals in 30 different nations, their home government should increase military spending “given the dangers in the world.” India (84%) and Poland (81%) were the countries with the highest levels of support for raising military spending, after Ukraine.
Another notable conclusion is that 85% of people in the countries polled believe that the world needs new international accords and organizations to deal with today’s concerns, and that world powers are unlikely to honor agreements reached through international agencies. These findings are noteworthy since war becomes more probable as international cooperation deteriorates.
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