Story at a glance

  • YouGov-Cambridge Globalism Project releases an annual study on populism and the public state of globalization, including samples in 23 countries around the world.
  • This year’s latest results found that women and young people felt the most mental and financial strain from the pandemic.
  • In the U.S., 53 percent of women said their working life had become more stressful due to the pandemic.

An international survey found that women and young people have suffered the most from mental and financial hits from the pandemic. 

YouGov-Cambridge partnered with The Guardian and Cambridge University to produce the YouGov-Cambridge Globalism Project, which aims to put out an annual study on populism and the public state of globalization, including samples from 23 countries around the world.

The Guardian recently published results from the latest You-Gov Cambridge Globalism Project survey that asked people around the world how the pandemic has affected their lives. It found that young people disproportionately reported feeling worse and that they “were consistently more likely than their elders to feel the Covid crisis had made their financial and mental health concerns worse.”

In 6 out of 10 different countries surveyed, close to 50 percent of young adults ages 18 to 24 indicated the pandemic badly affected their mental health. In Italy, that number was the highest, at almost 60 percent. 


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A similar trend appeared when women were asked if the pandemic has made their working life more stressful, with 50 percent of women in 6 out of 10 countries saying yes, according to The Guardian. That included the U.S., where 53 percent of women said their working life had become more stressful due to the pandemic, while in Spain that number jumped up to 60 percent of women. 

The trend of women reporting feeling more stressed than men is consistent, with a separate Pew Research Center survey from earlier this year that found 36 percent of mothers reported having a lot of child care responsibility while also working from home, while only 16 percent of fathers indicated the same thing. 

You-Gov Cambridge Globalism Project’s latest survey also asked people about their optimism for the future, with India (62 percent), Indonesia (73 percent) and Nigeria (88 percent) reporting some of the highest levels out of all the countries surveyed.

Levels of optimism dropped in Europe and the U.S., with only 43 percent of survey respondents in the U.S. indicating they were optimistic for the future. In Britain that number was 42 percent and in Canada it was 44 percent.

Other areas of people’s lives like sleep, exercise and food, stayed relatively unchanged, according to the survey most people reported no overall change.


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Published on Nov 23, 2021