With 2016 drawing to a close, YouGov has rounded off the year by asking more than 23,000 people across 21 countries to reflect upon how good or bad the year has been for themselves and their families, their country, and the world, and whether they think 2017 will be better or worse.
2016 in review
People in every single country surveyed are more likely to say that this year has been a good one for themselves and their family than a bad one….
People are less likely to think that 2016 has been good to their country though. Those nations that believe on balance they’ve had a good year are all East Asian, Middle Eastern or North African. Europeans are all much more likely to think 2016 has been a bad year for their country, as are people in the US.
Malaysians and the French are the most likely to believe 2016 has been a bad year for their country, at 69% and 67% respectively. Malaysia has been rocked by the revelations of widespread corruption coming out of the 1MDB scandal (including accusations against the Prime Minister), whereas France has been beset by terror attacks as well as suffering a stagnant economy.