Social Research Digest – June 2012
The survey, conducted in collaboration with National Geographic, is part of a series of initiatives by The Regeneration Project in the lead up to Rio+20, a cross-sectoral collaboration that aims to accelerate progress in the transition to sustainable development. It polled approx 1,000 adult consumers per country in 17 countries between March 2012 and May 2012.
- 55% of people worldwide want their government to “play a leadership role in making ambitious international commitments to reduce global poverty in ways that improve the environment”.
- A further 40% want their government to support moderate international commitments to the same end.
- The findings put pressure on summit negotiators to deliver an outcome that will satisfy constituents at home.
- Consumers in Latin America are particularly demanding of their governments at the conference, with strong majorities in Mexico (80%), Brazil (74%)—the summit’s host—and Argentina (67%) calling for ambitious leadership positions at the conference.
- Indians (63%) are the next most likely to want their delegates to take ambitious action at the Rio+20 Summit followed by Canadians (58%).
- Half of American and Chinese consumers (51% each) call for their governments to provide ambitious leadership at the conference.
- Germans are the least likely of those in the 17 countries surveyed to support a leadership position by their government at the conference (43%).
- Perhaps the most compelling finding of the survey is that so few people—only 5 percent globally–want their countries to avoid committing to any international agreements at the summit.
- Americans are the most inclined to prefer that their government makes no international commitment, at 11%.
- The poll is a strong endorsement of the view that international agreements are needed to resolve international sustainable development challenges.
The Regeneration Project and National Geographic