Views on diversity around the world
Pew polled 17 wealthy countries about the divisions that exist in their societies: politics, race, region and urban/rural.
Key findings: In 14 of the countries, respondents were mostly likely to say that politics was a source of strong divisions, ranging from 90% in the U.S. and South Korea to 52% in the U.K., 44% in Canada, 39% in Japan and 33% in Singapore.
- Second, almost across the board, was racial or ethnic backgrounds, with 71% in the U.S., 57% in Italy and 50% in Sweden saying they were a source of strong divisions (Singapore was again the lowest at 25%).
- People in France, South Korea and the U.S. were most likely to see strong divisions over both urban/rural AND religion — suggesting people in those countries might just feel the most divided overall.
The flipside: In all countries that were polled in both 2017 and 2021, the percentage of respondents believing diversity was good for society increased, often significantly.