Benefits of Globalization Questioned; Doubts Widespread in Developed, Developing Nations, Polls Find

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Benefits of Globalization Questioned; Doubts Widespread in Developed, Developing Nations, Polls Find


Byline: Svitlana Korenovska, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Most people in 22 of 34 developed and developing countries surveyed think globalization is spreading too quickly, according to a BBC World Service poll released yesterday.

This was one of a number of conclusions of the study reflecting widespread doubts in the countries polled about the benefits of globalization.

An average of 57 percent of those surveyed living in Group of Seven industrialized countries said globalization is spreading too quickly, according to the poll.

In addition, 64 percent of those surveyed in 27 of the 34 countries think that the benefits and burdens of recent economic developments have not been shared fairly.

According to the survey, majorities see globalization as a positive local economic influence in 10 countries, including China, where 84 percent of respondents saw globalization bringing economic improvement; Canada, with 72 percent; Australia, with 71 percent; the United Arab Emirates, with 69 percent; and Russia, with 63 percent.

However, most respondents blamed globalization for worsening economic conditions in 21 countries, including Italy with 86 percent; the Philippines and Indonesia, each with 76 percent; the United States, with 74 percent; and Portugal with 72 percent. …

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