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American, British, French and German views on poverty: national differences

Published 26 August 2019 in Surveys

There is a similar level of concern about global poverty across the four countries: 49% of German people, 46% of French people, 47% of British people and 43% of American people say they are concerned about global poverty.

The only minor differences between countries are for the rates of response for the those who ’don’t know’. There is a slightly larger number of Americans for this category, but equally for the category who express the clear view of being concerned.

We can however see that citizens from all four countries share a high level of concern. This does not equal a feeling of responsibility, but it does show that people from these four so-called "rich" countries are not indifferent to the lives of those in poverty. This offers common ground for poverty-reduction awareness/mobilisation campaigns in these four countries.

This data comes from our survey conducted by the YouGov Institute and piloted by the research team at University College London and the University of Birmingham as part of the project Aid Attitudes Tracker which measures the evolution of opinions and behaviors on issues of international solidarity in four countries.

Further reading

Retrouvez la méthodologie du projet Aid Attitudes Tracker

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Retrouvez la méthodologie du projet Aid Attitudes Tracker