Since the beginning of Gallup’s “Emotion Report”, the world will be more “sad and angry” in 2020 than ever


Gallup’s latest report shows that people in most countries around the world have reported record levels of stress, anger, and worry Global emotion Polls Show that income inequality and corruption are the main factors other than COVID-19.

The 2021 Global Gallup Report ranks countries based on positive and negative sentiments, including sadness, enjoyment, smile, and sense of respect. A large-scale survey of 160,000 people found that more than half of the 116 countries participating in the study have increased stress, which means that nearly 190 million people will experience a marked increase in stress in 2020 compared to the past few years.

Globally, the number of people who said they had smiled or laughed in the past 24 hours dropped by 5 full points from 2019, a record low in the 15-year history of the poll.

40% of adults around the world said they were under a lot of pressure the day before being surveyed, and 21 countries/regions experienced a “double-digit increase in pressure”, which is a record high.

The organizers of the Gallup poll wrote in a full survey released on Friday: “The world in 2020 is sadder, more angry, more worried, and more nervous than at any time in the past 15 years.”

59% of the majority of Americans report increased anxiety, and 51% of American adults share the same view of stress. About three-quarters of Americans expressed sadness, and an overwhelming 82% expressed more anger.

Countries with a large gap between the rich and the poor have a much higher incidence of negative emotions, especially anger. Economic data shows that since the start of the 2020 pandemic, half of the global workers said that their income has fallen due to COVID-19, and one-third of them are unemployed.

Since Gallup began to report on emotions, the accumulation of negative experiences has reached the highest level, with about one-third or 32% of people expressing feelings of stress, worry, anger, or sadness. In addition, in countries affected by huge income inequality and government corruption, the vast majority of people report negative experiences.

In terms of stress levels, women with young children are the hardest hit.

Gallup Global Managing Partner Jon Clifton emphasized that although the COVID-19 pandemic has clearly played an important role, negative sentiment has steadily increased in the past 10 years.

But Clifton also pointed out that the 2021 report focuses on how the related trends of “widespread negative sentiment” [has historically been] It is devastating for society. “

Clifton emphasized the book, The death of despair and the future of capitalism, Which discussed how suicide, alcoholism and opioid overdose in the United States “single-handedly led to a decline in life expectancy across the country.” In this 10-year trend, white men without a college degree are the most targeted group.

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picture. People in most countries/regions around the world have reported record levels of stress, anger and worry, and Gallup’s latest global sentiment survey shows that in addition to COVID-19, income inequality and corruption are also major factors.
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