FIRST HALIFAX/IPSOS GLOBAL SNAPSHOT SURVEY: 24-NATION POLL SHOWS PUBLIC TORN BETWEEN GREATER INVOLVEMENT IN THE WORLD, MORE FOCUS AT HOME DURING TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia—As decision-makers and experts on international security gathered in Halifax to take stock of an historic year in international affairs—and strategize about challenges ahead—a survey of people in 24 countries found the public is most torn between a desire for greater international involvement by their countries and a need to focus more attention at home.
The first Halifax/Ipsos Global Snapshot survey conducted for the Halifax International Security Forum by the global research company Ipsos, found that majorities in most countries wanted their nations to support the growth of democracy in the world, help countries hit by natural disasters or famines, and assist countries with less developed economies. At the same time, 8 out of 10 polled said that difficult economic issues meant their countries should “focus less on the world and more at home.” Ipsos surveyed 18,682 adults from 24 countries between October 7-20, 2011.
“Most people want their nations to be engaged citizens of the world, but economic pressures prompt people to look inward,” said Peter Van Praagh, president of the Halifax International Security Form. “This is understandable. It’s up to informed leaders to show how international cooperation leads to greater security and helps to create economic opportunity at home. This weekend’s gathering in Halifax provides an opportunity for some 300 leaders from more than 40 countries to do just that.”
Leaders from the military, civilian government, business, academia and other sectors in 41 countries are gathering in Halifax this weekend to share ideas and work together on a wide variety of issues that affect international security.
“Ipsos is committed to understanding the evolution of public opinion as a force in world affairs. We welcome this opportunity to work with our partners at the Halifax Security Summit to expose the world’s security leaders and experts to the critical information in this survey,” said Darrell Bricker, CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs.
“In times like these, democratic nations must work together in new ways to promote international security,” said Van Praagh. “And they must work smarter—not only to make better use of declining military resources, but also to build democracy where people yearn for freedom, create economic opportunity where people suffer from deprivation, and promote lasting peace that benefits people everywhere. That is the mission of Halifax.”