Published 26 August 2019 in Surveys
There are some very different opinions in France, Germany, the UK and the US about people who work on development and poverty reduction.
Only 28% of French people say they have "real admiration" for those who work on development issues or to reduce global poverty, i.e. only a couple of percentage points more than those who disagree (26%).
In comparison, 46% of British people, 43% of Germans and 41% of Americans do agree that they "admire" individual efforts to try to tackle poverty in developing countries. This represents a much higher percentage in each country than those who refuse to acknowledge any credit to individuals who undertake poverty-reduction work.
In summary, as an average of the four countries, there is a modest appreciation, rather than immediate and overwhelming admiration, for anyone who is committed or involved in tackling global poverty.
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.