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G-20 Sent Poll Showing 58 Percent See Nations Heading Wrong Way

June 13, 2012

A majority of people in thirteen developed and emerging economies think their nations are heading in the wrong direction, an opinion poll prepared ahead of next week’s Group of 20 summit for the International Trade Union Confederation showed.

Fifty-eight percent of respondents to the TNS survey said their countries need to change course and 66 percent said future generations will be worse off, the ITUC said in a report. G-20 leaders begin their annual summit on June 18 in the Mexican resort of Los Cabos.

The leaders meet amid signs the world economy is suffering its weakest period since the end of the global recession in 2009. Sixty-seven percent of those questioned said international banks have too much influence on economic policy-making and one in three said their jobs are less secure than two years ago.

The poll “shows the public are not with their governments, are not buying the austerity message and are deeply pessimistic,” said Sharan Burrow, the ITUC’s general secretary.

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