We all have individual stresses, including work, just how far you can stretch that paycheck to accommodate the ever-increasing price of fuel or what to make for supper tonight. A recent survey by Ipos has collated data that shows exactly what South Africa is most worried about as a collective, and it is no surprise that concerns about crime are at the very top.

These findings are based on 20 787 interviews that were conducted between 24 August 2018 and 7 September 2018, among adults across 64 countries.

The survey found that many people around the world worry about five main things, and these are:

financial/political corruption – 34%

unemployment – 33%

poverty/social inequality – 33%

crime and violence – 31%

healthcare – 24%

South Africa follows international trends for the most part, but it should be noted that 62% of locals their thought about crime and violence, which is double the global average. Worrying about education consumes 21% of the thoughts of locals, whilst healthcare concerns consume 12%.

As with previous years, China is at the forefront of confidence in national direction. Saudi Arabia stands firm at second place, and India follows in third.

32% of South Africans spend their time worrying about poverty and social inequality (Source: Ipos)

South African, French, Brazilian, Spanish, and Peruvian citizens show the gravest concern about the direction taken by their countries.

Only 12% of Brazilians think their country is going in the right direction, while 19% of Spaniards and South Africans share these sentiments. Approximately 24% of French citizens believe their country is on the wrong track.

South Africa also experienced a drop in national optimism, as it has dropped by 7% since the last survey. South Africans are also less concerned about access to credit (1%), climate change (1%), childhood obesity (1%), and terrorism (2%).

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Lucinda Dordley

Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She enjoys reading the works of Stephen King, and exploring the beauty of Cape Town and its surrounds.