Despair makes young US men more conservative ahead of US election, poll shows

Voters cast their ballots at a polling place in Elkhorn, Nebraska, in a file photo. [AP]

A large global survey issued on Friday showed a surge in despair and disillusionment with established politics, particularly among young American men, the only US population group to turn more conservative over the past decade.

The study by the international research agency Glocalities, shared with Reuters, offered context for November's US presidential poll and a plethora of votes worldwide, including a European Union parliamentary election in June.

It surveyed respondents to determine their position on a scale of optimism between "hope" and "despair", and on another between "control" and "freedom" - in other words, conservatism and liberalism.

On average, the world became more liberal between 2014 and 2023, even as it became more pessimistic, according to more than 300,000 surveys in 20 countries representing nearly 60% of the global population.


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