What do you think is the greatest threat facing the world? A new survey queries people in countries all around the globe and finds that how you answer may depend on where you live — and on your politics.
The Pew Research Center took surveys in 44 countries in 2002, 2007, and then again in 2014, asking people to rank global threats by which represented the greatest danger to our survival. Participants were asked to choose the biggest threat between five options: hatred between different religious and ethnic groups, economic inequality, pollution and damage to the environment, the build-up of nuclear weapons, or the spread of AIDS and other infections diseases — and how they chose tended to vary wildly depending on where the participants were responding from.
America’s read on what is the harshest threat appears to be split pretty closely between inequality, religious and ethnic strife, and the build-up of nuclear weapons — until you break down the numbers along political lines and then clearer answers start to emerge. Republicans came down firmly on the side of the problems of religious and ethnic hatred as the greatest threat, while Democrats and Independents stressed the dangers of inequality.
See the full Pew Research Center survey here http://www.pewglobal.org/files/2014/10/Pew-Research-Center-Dangers-Report-FINAL-October-16-2014.pdf