BBC Study: Unemployment Joins Corruption And Poverty As World's Most Talked About Issue (Infographic)
People from both rich and poor nations are increasingly concerned by unemployment, as well as poverty and corruption, a survey has revealed.
The BBC World Service asked more than 11,000 people in 23 countries to list the issues they had discussed with friends and family in the last month.
The 'World Speaks' survey showed that unemployment was talked about by six times as many people in 2011 as in 2009 (from 3% in 2009 to 15% in 2010 and 18% this year).
The results revealed that the global economy is the most-discussed problem in the USA, Japan, and France, while corruption tops the list in Turkey, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Peru.
The increasing cost of food and energy was most talked about in China, Kenya, Panama, the Philippines, and Russia, while Latin American countries were more likely to be have talked about crime and violence.
Climate change was the most-discussed issue in six countries in 2010, but in 2011 Britain was one of only two countries along with Germany where it topped the list.
The overall top 5 most talked about problems in the world were corruption (24%), poverty (20%), unemployment (18%), the cost of food and fuel (17%) and crime, violence and security (16%).
The cost of fuel and food was a concern for 31% in 2009, but only 17% said the same in 2011. Human rights (15% to 5%) and the state of the global economy (28% to 14%) also declined in importance.
Respondents were also asked to spontaneously name the "most important" problem facing the world.
Economic problems were seen as most important in six countries (UK, US, China, Ecuador, Indonesia, and Japan). Five countries said unemployment was the most important (Egypt, Ghana, India, Nigeria, and Spain). The environment was named by Chile, France, and Turkey and terrorism by Germany, Pakistan, and Russia.
Take a look at the full findings in the infographic below.