Young people in the U.S. care less about the environment and are more optimistic than their counterparts in other countries.
Marilyn Korhonen's insight:
The study looked in detail at millennials all over the world: North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East and Africa. Here are some of the highlights.American millennials are worried about the effects of globalization; 58% believe that globalization only generates opportunities for select individuals. And 76% think outsourcing is bad for the U.S. economy.Millennials all over the world can agree on the value of technology: 83% think technology has made it easier to get a job, and 87% say that technology has made it easier to overcome barriers. At the same time, however, 62% think technology has widened the gap between rich and poor.In most of the world, millennials are more concerned about the economy than all other issues. But in the U.S. they’re the most concerned: 46% of respondents think the economy is the most pressing issue, while 12% think education is the biggest problem. In Western Europe, people are concerned about the economy (34%) and social inequality (15%). In the Middle East and Africa, respondents are most worried about terrorism (19%) and political unrest (13%).Here’s something else millennials can agree on: problems with government. In every region surveyed, most respondents said that the government doesn’t reflect their values and beliefs.Overall, millennials believe the best way to make a difference in the world is to improve education, followed by protecting the environment and eliminating poverty.An impressive 62% of respondents believe they can make a local difference, and 40% think they can make a global difference. But in most of the world--outside parts of Europe and Asia--the majority of millennials believe they can make a global difference.