Globalism Project 2020: populist beliefs down but conspiracy beliefs up?

Dr Joel Rogers de WaalAcademic Director, YouGov
November 12, 2020, 3:13 PM GMT+0

This is the second year of the YouGov-Cambridge Globalism Project, a tracking study of international attitudes across 25 of the world’s largest countries, produced by YouGov in partnership with researchers from the Guardian, Cambridge University and the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.

The research has a major focus on how the pandemic is impacting attitudes to global society, and the role of technology in transforming government for the 21st Century.

Guardian analysis from the project suggests support for populist beliefs has fallen markedly over the past year, but significant numbers of people around the world now believe in a range of conspiracy theories.

Other Guardian coverage of the data shows:

This year’s launch also includes the publication of various articles by the Tony Blair Institute, as part of their TBI Globalism Study, and a virtual event with the Rt Hon Tony Blair and Indra Nooyi, former Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo in conversation with Stephan Shakespeare, CEO and Co-founder of YouGov. (View here)

Anlysis from the TBI Globalism Study can be found here. Published results from the survey can be viewed here.


All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample sizes were: France=1058; Germany=1026; Sweden=1047; Denmark=1024; Spain=1022; Italy=1337; Greece=1011; Hungary=1023; Poland=1001; Britain=1383; Australia=1048; United States=1150; Canada=1021; Brazil=1010; Mexico=1025; Turkey=1007; Egypt*=1016; Saudi Arabia*=1003; India*=1068; China*=1017; Japan=1018; Indonesia*=1069; Thailand*=1024; Nigeria*=1007; South Africa=1001. Fieldwork was undertaken between 30th July and 24th August, 2020. The surveys were carried out online. For those markets labelled *, the figures have been weighted and are representative of the online adult population aged 18+. For other markets, the figures have been weighted and are representative of the adult population aged 18+.

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