The Lloyd’s Register Foundation World Risk Poll is the first global study of perceptions and experiences of risk to people’s safety.

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The findings of the 2021 World Risk Poll are based on over 125,000 interviews conducted by Gallup in 121 countries, including places where little or no official data exists, giving a voice to millions of the world’s citizens.  

This second edition of the Poll builds on the first Poll findings from 2019 and provides a direct comparison between how people around the world perceive risks and how they experience them. These insights, published across four themed reports, will be used by governments, regulators, businesses, communities, NGOs, researchers, and international bodies to inform and target policies and interventions that save lives and help people feel safer.

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The 2021 World Risk Poll

In the first of four reports, the World Risk Poll reveals the differences between people’s worries about, and experiences of risk before and after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The World Risk Poll provides us with a lot of very interesting information about how people perceive their risk internationally and we haven’t had that so far. We need more widespread risk interventions across the world and we hope that the World Risk Poll will contribute to generating more action by policymakers, as well as encourage individuals to speak up and demand more action.
Dr. Etienne Krug
Director, Department for Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organisation
The World Risk Poll gives us the first ever global view of people’s attitudes and awareness of the risks posed by unfit food and drink. By understanding how people view food safety risks, what they worry about and what they never consider, we can create interventions that are relatable and practical so people can act in their interests and keep safe and healthy.
Markus Lipp
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation
The insight from the World Risk Poll shines a light for the first time on the links between happiness and feeling safe and free from the worries that risks create.
Jeffrey Sachs
Sustainable Development Solutions Network, publishers of The World Happiness Report
Understanding people’s fears, means we can work with technology companies and regulators to ensure they understand the importance of protecting human rights through the technology they develop, in order to make people feel safe as well as be safe. It also allows us to equip people with the knowledge to know where the risks as well as the benefits of technology exist.
Philip Howard
Oxford Internet Institute
The World Risk Poll is a truly heroic endeavour with a reach and range never seen before. The results show both the vast differences as well as the similarities in how people across the globe perceive and experience risks. This makes the World Risk Poll uniquely useful for those concerned with empowering people to take actions that makes them be and feel safer.
Paul Slovic
University of Oregon
The World Risk Poll highlights the scale of risk experienced by the millions of agricultural workers across the world. The risks extend well beyond the fields and plantations, with terrible injuries experienced in plants that process harvested crops.
Sabdiyo Dido
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

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