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A survey of over 100,000 people internationally to gain 
an insight into their perceptions of the prospects of peace.

About the Peace Perceptions Poll

Through the Peace Perceptions Poll, we asked more than 100,000 people in 15 countries – from those in active conflicts to those in relative peace – about their views on peace and conflict.

The poll sought to answer questions around how people experience and respond to violence where they live, what contributes to more peaceful and secure societies, and how they think their government should respond to conflict.

The poll comes at a time when conflict is on the rise, leaving millions displaced, killed and injured. A time of increasing tension between great powers, the erosion of international norms and with the cost of conflict spiralling out of control.

Within this context, the findings showed a clear public appetite for an approach to violence that moves beyond crisis response towards long-term conflict prevention, commonly termed 'peacebuilding'.

This approach seeks to deal with the underlying drivers of conflict while building societies’ capacity to deal with conflict peacefully.

The poll will help political leaders and senior policy-makers better understand the views, hopes and aspirations of their constituencies when it comes to pursuing sustainable solutions to today’s leading security challenges, whether that is terrorism, migration or internal conflicts.

The results underscore the need for tailored, informed, long-term solutions to conflict. The responses highlighted a level of innate understanding from members of the public about how to get to peace. While the poll illustrates the diversity of people’s experiences, it also shows how much people have in common when it comes to how we aspire to, create and sustain more peaceful societies.

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Bringing together the views of more than 100,000 people, the Peace Perceptions Poll sought to answer questions around how people experience and respond to violent conflict, and and how they think their government should respond to conflict. Find out what we found.

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See how your perceptions compare to our results with the interactive poll

Take the poll yourself, by answering four of the questions that were posed to over 100,000 people around the world and see how your opinions compare to theirs.

Latest Analysis

What are people's perceptions of the future?

Those in the most conflict-affected countries were often more optimistic when asked whether peace would get better or worse in the next five years. By contrast, it was the relatively peaceful, stable, middle- and high-income countries that were the most pessimistic.

What types of violence concern people?

When asked what type of violence concerned people the most, there were distinct similarities across countries alongside marked differences. With only a few exceptions, terrorism (in all its many interpretations) was rated as the top concern across the countries surveyed.

Why do people turn to violence?

People were offered the opportunity to choose from eight reasons why people in their communities were motivated to violence. ‘Lack of jobs or the need to provide for their families’ topped the list, with nine countries ranking it number one.

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