Do power and prosperity make a nation optimistic?
Power and prosperity are shifting to the east and to emerging economic nations according to a new global poll. Is this an accurate picture?
The survey, which measures levels of optimism about personal well-being and the state of the economy, suggests the biggest number of optimists live in countries like China, Brazil and India as the economies of emerging countries tend to enjoy rapid growth rates, while the developed economies have struggled economically, largely due to the credit crisis.
The BBC's Adam Mynott says there are marked differences between these emerging countries and the rich G7 of the US, Canada, Germany, France, UK, Italy and Japan, with the survey suggesting that the most downhearted country is the UK.
Does where you live affect your optimism? Are you an optimist? Does this survey reflect your own experience? Do people who live in richer countries have the right to be pessimistic? What are your hopes for 2011?
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