In the Year of Ebola, GQR Survey Shows Most Not Convinced the World is Well Prepared


Nearly a year after the peak of the Ebola crisis, new multi-country opinion research conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research reveals high concern about the possibility of a new epidemic, low confidence that the world is ready to deal with it, and high public and elite support for expanded investments and other efforts to protect the world’s health safety.

The new Greenberg Quinlan Rosner web survey, commissioned by the World Bank Group, is based on 4,000 interviews with members of the public and opinion elites (university diploma, closely follow global news), conducted from June 15-24, 2015, in the US, the UK, France, Germany, and Japan.

The survey reveals that twice as many in these five developed countries think the world will experience another global epidemic in the next decade as will not; while fewer than half are convinced that the global community or their own country is prepared to deal with such an outbreak.

The survey shows strong majorities supporting increased investments in developing countries to protect health security, not only in those countries, but in the developed world as well.  Nearly 8 in 10 in these five developed countries believe that investing in doctors, nurses and clinics in poor and developing countries helps prevent epidemics from breaking out in their own countries; and nearly 7 in 10 say that making such investments will actually save the world money, by helping to prevent or contain expensive future pandemics.

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The survey followed the statement by G7 leaders in early June in support of an array of global health investments, including creation of a pandemic emergency financing facility to promote better coordinated and more efficient national and global preparedness efforts and to help ensure that financial and other support flows quickly to contain future outbreaks.

Against the backdrop of last year’s Ebola crisis, the survey also shows that health issues have moved into the top ranks of global concerns. Publics and opinion elites in these five countries now rank “global health and epidemics” as one of their top global concerns, and view “global infectious diseases” as the single most concerning global health issue.

The multi-country survey project for the World Bank Group was led by GQR principal Dr. Jeremy Rosner, along with GQR Vice President Ana Iparraguirre, Senior Associate Margaret Havemann, and Assistant Analyst Liana Presser.