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.
- Date:September 2018