When you think of most optimistic countries in the world, where is it that comes to mind?
According to an Ipsos Public Affairs Survey it's China who comes in at number one.
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87% of respondents there believe their communist country is headed in the right direction.
Of the 27 countries surveyed, just seven expressed a positive outlook for the future. India came in at number two, with Saudi Arabia placing third.
Interestingly at 66%, South Korea placed fourth as most optimistic despite the impending threat of their northern neighbor.
Canada came in fifth, and Russia came in sixth.
Further down the list, the United States comes in tenth place with just over 43% of those surveyed expressing a positive outlook and Mexico came in last.
As a whole, just 40% of the world has a sunny outlook. So why is that? Financial concerns seem to be a large factor.
Unemployment, financial and political corruption, poverty and social inequality, all ranking highest among issues of concern.
But it's not all positive for China, 47% of respondents said the issue they're most concerned about is moral decay, followed by the environment.
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