About the Foundation

The GlobeScan Foundation’s principal aim is to conduct, publicize and interpret global public opinion polls on important topics so that the resulting insights can better influence decisions made at the international, institutional and personal levels.

While the site draws mainly from a decade and a half of global public opinion research conducted by GlobeScan Incorporated and the GlobeScan Foundation, we also recognize and draw from the ongoing multi-country polling work of respected colleagues at the University of Michigan, University of Chicago, WIN/Gallup International, the Pew Research Center, The Gallup Organization, and WorldPublicOpinion.org

At its best, global polling taps the collective wisdom of average citizens across the world. In this time of uncertainty over the state of the world, we believe long-term polling trends offer an important source of insight into where things are headed.

Top Concerns in 2016

Without prompting, terrorism and armed conflict dominate citizen concerns in many industrialized countries; while economic and other concerns come uppermost in emerging economies.



While terrorism and armed conflicts dominate concerns in much of North America and Europe, corruption and human rights abuses instead top the list of issues in a number of emerging economies – again emphasizing different perceptions in emerging vs developed markets. Peru is the only country where people rank environmental problems as the most serious. Spanish and Chilean respondents rate extreme poverty as most serious.


Focus on Global Public Opinion

  • Global Civil Society Radar

    GlobeScan Radar is an annual research and advisory program that has been tracking public opinion trends across 20 countries since 1997. The GlobeScan Foundation is offering Civil Society Radar – an interpretive strategic briefing package of GlobeScan Radar insights and counsel tailored to the needs of global civil society organizations.
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  • The Economist: The Wisdom of Crowds

    Doug Miller's feature article in The Economist's The World in 2016 special edition
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  • The Magna Carta: Alive but Not Well

    This award winning paper explores global citizen perceptions on many of the principles that have been associated with the Magna Carta, including human rights and the rule of law, democracy, religious and other freedoms, and media and Internet freedom.
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