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The World’s Richest Countries Are Full of Anxious, Alienated People

  • OECD survey shows clear disatisfaction with social policies
  • Response of people shows ‘deeply worrying’ results: OECD

The people of the world’s richest economies are anxious about everything from money and taxes, to healthcare to pensions -- and they’ve little faith in their governments to do anything about it.

According to a survey of 22,000 people in 21 OECD countries, there’s a “clear sense of dissatisfaction and injustice” in advanced economies. A majority believe they wouldn’t easily access benefits if needed, less than 20 percent say they get a fair share given the taxes they pay, and in many countries most people feel governments ignore their views.