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  • In July 2015, Pew Research released a report surveying more than 45,000 people in 50 nations,

  • asking what global threats they feared the most. The topics of most concern focused on

  • ISIS, climate change, cyberattacks, economic instability, and international disputes. So,

  • what are countries afraid of?

  • Well, across the board, climate change was of the greatest concern to the most countries.

  • Regions of the world bordering oceans or containing rainforests - namely those in Africa, Asia,

  • and especially Latin America rated it as a high priority. Burkina Faso, Brazil, and Peru

  • were among most vulnerable, least prepared, and most concerned about climate change.

  • Economic instability came in as a close second, understandably feared the most by poor countries.

  • Ghana, Spain, and Uganda had the strongest concerns about their economies, with Spain

  • struggling in the EU, and the others among the world’s most impoverished nations.

  • ISIS was also a significant worry, but for fewer countries thaneconomic instability

  • concerns. Particularly, Lebanon, Spain, and South Korea were the most worried about ISIS.

  • Understandably, Lebanon is located near ISIS-invaded Syria. However, while Spain and South Korea

  • have limited contact with the terrorist group, there have been recent reports of ISIS-related

  • violence and ISIS recruitment among their citizens.

  • Within this study, the United States was one of the most fearful nation across the board,

  • while China had the lowest rates of extreme concern. Why is that?

  • Well, a contributing factor may be related to the media in each country. America has

  • a long history of newsfear mongering.” At the turn of the 20th century, overly sensationalist

  • and provocative journalism were used to increase profits. This, quote, “yellow journalism,”

  • was even said to have contributed to the start of the Spanish-American war. The practice

  • gained significant popularity, and has only increased today. Famed political commentator

  • Noam Chomsky has called the United Statesan unusually frightened country.”

  • By comparison, Chinese media, and in particular, Chinese TV, isone of the most tightly

  • state-controlled mass mediaforms. This means that Chinese citizens are much more

  • enthusiastic about government policies, and the nation’s overall health. A separate

  • Pew Poll found that China has among the highest levels of confidence in their government,

  • in the world.

  • But, as with many reports on global trends, the original Pew survey on international concerns

  • doesn’t really offer a full story on any one topic. There are more than 150 countries

  • that remained outside of the survey’s scope, and poll results are often generalized. Still,

  • having a picture of what scares us the most does help address our common fears.

  • The world is a scary place, but that doesn’t mean it’s all bad. Some of the happiest

  • countries in the world still have major concerns on their plate. To learn more about which

  • countries are happiest, check out this video. Thanks for watching, and don’t forget to

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In July 2015, Pew Research released a report surveying more than 45,000 people in 50 nations,

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