Concern over rich-poor divide
People have become more concerned about the gap between rich and poor during the coronavirus pandemic, especially the young, authors of a new global study said, urging governments to take steps to redress the balance.
More than 8,700 people in 24 nations were surveyed at the start and end of 2020 by the Glocalities market research agency, with findings showing an increase in the share of respondents who thought income differences should be reduced.
As the coronavirus pummeled the global economy last year, the survey also found a 10-point rise in the percentage who said decent work and economic growth were the most important means of improving quality of life.
"It has slapped people in the face and made them realize that things are not going well," said Ronald Inglehart, one of the lead authors of the study, referring to the pandemic. "We need government intervention on a larger scale. Some of the resources need to be reallocated to balance off this powerful trend."
Policies that will create "good-paying jobs" in the fields of child care, environmental protection and infrastructure would help address mounting frustration over income inequality, Inglehart added.