As panic over the spread of Ebola persists, a new report from the Pew Global Attitudes Project offers a bit of perspective. It explores the larger threats people in different regions of the world fear. Unsurprisingly, concerns vary across continents.
Respondents to the poll were asked to cite what they believed was the top global threat out of five categories. The 48,643 respondents came from 44 countries.
It is worth noting that the latest iteration of the survey was conducted between March 17 and June 5 — that is, before much of the world was paying attention to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
In countries in the Middle East and North Africa, closely affected by ongoing bloody sectarian conflicts in Syria and Iraq, a majority said "religious and ethnic hatred" was the gravest danger. In Asia, many cited scares over pollution. And in Europe and the United States, a majority pointed to the economic inequities that have come to define many of their societies.
According to the survey, the spread of AIDS and other diseases was still the dominant concern in Africa. A full country-by-country breakdown follows.
Pew also contrasts data collected in 2007 with the present.
In the Middle East, fears over sectarian bloodshed has grown markedly, particularly in Lebanon, which has a long history of conflict and is coping with the spillover of Syria's civil war. In Europe and the West, the trauma of the recession remains, with widespread anger about austerity measures, youth unemployment and frustration with increasingly detached political and business elites.