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Major Roy James Blakeley (December 10, 1928 - July 22, 1965) - USAF (KIA)

When I was young my dad would say
Come on son let's go out and play

No matter how hard I try
No matter how many tears I cry
No matter how many years go by
I still can't say goodbye

- "I Still Can't Say Goodbye," Performer: Chet Atkins

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[Original Press Release in DjVu format here http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/articles/monthly_articles/survey_trust20041118.djvu]

Respondents overwhelmingly found that political leaders are dishonest, have too much power and are too easily influenced by people more powerful than they. Business leaders are held in better esteem than political leaders whose credibility appears to have declined even further.

Both sets of leaders fail on different criteria, with dishonesty being heavily associated with political leaders. Criticism of business leaders is mainly concentrated on two aspects: they respond to pressure from people more powerful than they and they have too much power and responsibility.

The world: which of these do you think apply to...?

The graph is here.


The results on a regional level show quite a variation - some regions are more tolerant of politicians' failings - Europe (both West and East/Central) and North America, for example. But other regions are harshly critical, particularly Africa, Latin America, the Indian subcontinent and most of Asia Pacific although some countries in the latter region have different views. Across the countries surveyed, political leaders viewed as behaving unethically register the highest percentages in the Latin American countries of Brazil, Ecuador and Mexico, and in India and Poland. Germany is the most critical in Western Europe.

Overall, Western Europe is more tolerant of their politicians than some other regions. Only on the dimensions "they have too much power and responsibility" (56%) and "they respond to pressure from people more powerful than they" (58%) do a majority agree that these apply to politicians. In the world, majorities are critical of their politicians on all dimensions except two - responding to public opinion and their competence and capabilities.

Across the countries surveyed, criticism about the dishonesty of political leaders registers the highest percentages in Ecuador (96%), Poland (90%), Nigeria (92%), Bolivia (91%), Mexico (93%), Peru (91%) and India (91%), and the lowest in Singapore (3%), the Netherlands (12%) and Malaysia (13%). Germany is the most critical country of this aspect of all West European countries.

The graph is here.


Extreme care: (*) Turkey and Israel only (**) India and Pakistan

Consistently, business leaders enjoy much better public perceptions than political leaders. Across the world, they score lower on all the negative dimensions measured in the survey than do political leaders. Nonetheless, significant proportions of the population still criticize some aspects of business leaders in all regions.

* In Western Europe, the Middle East and West Asia, the biggest criticism is that "they have too much power and responsibility" whereas in Latin America, Africa and North America, the fiercest criticism is that business leaders "respond to pressure from people more powerful than they." In Asia Pacific, this aspect shares first place in criticism with dishonesty, while in Eastern and Central Europe, dishonesty is the most mentioned aspect.

* Overall, business leaders are also considered fit for the job by global citizens - "they are not capable and competent" is the least mentioned characteristic across all regions with only just over one in five (22%) mentioning this aspect.

Regional Assessment of Business Leaders

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Extreme care: (*) Egypt, Turkey and Israel only (**) India and Pakistan

Germany, together with Albania and Costa Rica, is the country in the world that condemns business leaders the most for behaving unethically (69% compared to only 39% globally). The condemnation of business leaders by German citizens continues with seven out of every ten Germans (70%) thinking that business leaders are dishonest.

Predictions of a Less Safe World for Future Generations

Last year, the Voice of the People on behalf of World Economic Forum investigated how people rated the current level of security and prosperity in the world. They were particularly asked to rate whether the future generation would live in a world that was better, i.e. safer and more prosperous, than the world is today. In this year's survey, these questions were repeated with depressing results.

The graph is here.


Looking regionally, almost all regions believe it will be a less safe world for future generations. The most concern about the world's future security is shown by Western Europeans although there is a significant decrease from last year's results when almost two-thirds (64%) believed the next generation would live in a less safe world compared to only just over half (55%) in the region who feel this is the case now.

Within Western Europe, it is significant that respondents in Germany, where leaders were critical of the war in Iraq, are the most pessimistic in the region - 63% think the next generation will live in a less safe world - but they are by no means alone; majorities in most countries in this region (UK included) feel the world will be a more dangerous place.

Will the next generation live in a world that is safer or less safe?

The graph is here.


Extreme care: (*) Egypt, Turkey and Israel only (**) India, Pakistan and Afghanistan only

* In the Middle East, one of the most pessimistic regions, the most pessimistic country of the world is found: in Egypt, more than seven out of ten believe in a less safe world for future generations. Note that Egypt was not included in last year's survey and is almost solely responsible for the apparent decline in optimism in the region (also note this region is highly disparate, composed of only three countries: Turkey, Egypt and Israel).

* Globally, women are slightly more pessimistic than men - a pattern that has been seen before - with 46% of women saying the world will be a less safe place for future generations compared with 43% of men.

* Young people themselves are more likely to be optimistic - 28% of those under 30 in the world think the world will be a safer place (a lot + a little) compared with only 22% of those over 51 years of age who feel this.

World Divided Regarding Future Economic Prosperity

* Opinions are divided in the world regarding future economic prosperity. One-third of the population (33%) believes in a more economically prosperous world and a similar figure (36%) in a less economically prosperous world for future generations.

* Analysing these results by region, a common pattern emerges. In general, pessimistic regions regarding security of the world for future generations are also pessimistic regarding economic prosperity. Consequently, Western Europe and the Middle East are the most pessimistic on this issue, as in both regions half of the population (49% in both) predicts economic problems for the future.

Opinions regarding the world's economic prosperity in the future

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Extreme care: (*) Egypt, Turkey and Israel only (**) India, Pakistan and Afghanistan only

In Western Europe, almost all countries have negative predictions. The pessimism is led by Germany, where 74% believe future inhabitants will suffer greater economic problems than they do currently. This represents a growth in pessimism in Germany since 2003 when the figure was 69%. Indeed, this country is the most pessimistic in the world. Other pessimistic countries in this region are Switzerland (64%) and Austria (60%). Ireland, Denmark and Spain are the only optimistic countries in this region, as 45%, 43% and 39% respectively believe in a more economically prosperous world in the future.

- "Survey on Trust 2004," Gallup International Association http://www.gallup-international.com/, November 18, 2004 http://www.weforum.org/site/homepublic.nsf/Content/Surveys

The Gallup International Association http://www.gallup-international.com, now registered in Zurich, was established in 1947 by George H. Gallup and his European colleagues. It now has member agencies in 60 countries across the world, conducting market and opinion research in more than 100 countries.

The World Economic Forum is the foremost global community of business, political, intellectual and other leaders of society committed to improving the state of the world.

Incorporated as a foundation, and based in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit; it is tied to no political, partisan or national interests. The Forum has NGO consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. (http://www.weforum.org)

The Voice of the People surveys. http://www.voice-of-the-people.net/