With COVID-19 and global concern about its impact continuing, Brunswick Insight gathers the latest global sentiment polls. Please find below this week’s highlights, with links allowing easy access to the detailed findings.
In a hurry?... 3 key facts of the week
1. Investors grow more bearish on the US economy and remain cautious. (BCG’s investor pulse survey conducted 17-19 July, in the US).
a. Investors remain focused on liquidity and financial resilience, with 72% of investors believing it is important for companies to intensely focus on preserving liquidity.
b. Sixty-nine percent of investors want companies to provide or revise guidance within the next 90 days.
c. Investors remain focused on long-term advantage, with 91% supporting the prioritization of building business capabilities, even at the expense of earnings per share (EPS).
2. Resetting normal: workers globally desire a hybrid working model & to be digitally upskilled. (Adecco Group's study)
- Three quarters of workers desire a half-half mix of office-based and remote working.
- Two-thirds (69%) are looking for further digital up-skilling in the post-pandemic era, including managing staff remotely (65%).
3. People feel well informed about COVID-19, yet disinformation permeates societies worldwide. (Poll conducted by Kantar, 3-13 July, among circa 7,300 people in seven countries).
- While the vast majority (94%) state they are "very well" or "rather well” informed about the pandemic, 54% find it difficult to distinguish between news and deliberate false reports.
- Forty-four percent believe that the media are hiding facts about COVID-19.
- Thirty-eight percent believe that COVID-19 is a Chinese bioweapon.
- Disinformation about Bill Gates is rife: 50% of respondents worldwide think that Gates is calling for compulsory vaccination of all people; 39% say he has more power in their country than their respective government; 31% believe Gates wants to implant microchips in people to fight the virus; 20% are of the opinion that Gates has bought the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Connection between 5G and the epidemic continues among one-in-five respondents.