Tuesday 29 July 2003
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Rob Kerr, Vice President
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Privatization: People Want Less in Water and Oil
The findings are consistent with the significant and widespread drop in support for privatization of essential services in general over the past three years. Today, global opinion on the trend toward privatization is equally divided between citizens saying that it is positive and those saying that it is negative. People in Asian countries are especially inclined to support privatization, while Latin Americans are inclined to oppose it. People who favor the free market economy and globalization are much more supportive than others of privatization. Not surprisingly, attitudes about privatization are significantly correlated with trust in executives of multinational companies, which at this time is low.
These findings reveal some of the complexities of privatization, identifying those sectors and geographies where privatization efforts may resonate most strongly and where sensitivity and further research are required to better understand the local context and resistance to privatization.
The research suggests that certainly in some countries and sectors, privatization will increasingly be opposed, affecting governments' ability to raise cash and global companies' opportunities for growth.
The Global Issues Monitor provides global decision-makers with critical insights and comparative country metrics needed to better understand the trends shaping their international business and policy environment. The report is designed to help shape corporate strategies, policy positions, and communications activities.
In addition to privatization issues, the 2003 Global Issues Monitor explores people's opinions about other important issues facing global society, including the merits of the free market economy, globalization, approaches to development and poverty reduction, governance capacity, and global security.
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These results are based on research conducted by Environics International's worldwide network of research institutes. In each country, extensive face-to-face or telephone interviews were conducted with representative samples of about 1,000 citizens (for a total of 22,000). Each national poll is accurate to within ±3 percent, 19 times out of 20. The complete country-by-country results for these and many other topics are available by subscription to the 2003 Global Issues Monitor research program.