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World Risk Poll

Lloyd's Register Foundation World Risk Poll powered by Gallup

The World Risk Poll is the world’s largest study into how people around the world think and feel about risk and safety including at work. It surveys over 140,000 people from more than 140 countries to better understand how to improve our understanding of risk and make the world a safer place.

Part of the Gallup World Poll, it will be conducted through interviews with nationally representative samples of more than 95% of the world’s population in 140 countries and 145 different languages. It will be the first ever globally comparable, publicly available data set on the public understanding of risk.

Why it’s important

Right now, there are few insights into global attitudes to risk and safety. The Lloyd’s Register Foundation World Risk Poll will provide robust evidence on how public attitudes vary across different demographic groups and countries.

The aim is to produce a unique, open, and comprehensive global dataset on public understanding of risk and safety.

We hope the results will:

Help us to reduce risk and improve the safety of people around the world. It will provide a comprehensive understanding of how the world’s citizens view these topics, and initiate a dialogue on the gaps between the public’s thoughts and experiences and actual risks. This will support an evidence-based approach to policy design and interventions to make people safer.


The process for developing the questionnaire involved:

  • a literature review
  • expert interviews
  • in-depth structured cognitive and pilot testing of the questionnaire in eight countries – India, Indonesia, South Africa, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, UK, Brazil and Mexico.

The survey probes various dimensions of safety and risk including: asking people what they think are the main risks they face in their daily lives, attribution of responsibility for safety, sources of information for risk and safety measures, and perceptions and experiences with risk and work-related accidents.

The new survey module was translated into the main local languages and rigorously tested in India, Indonesia, South Africa, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Brazil and Mexico. These tests covered countries across an array of cultures and levels of economic development and, within countries, different demographics such as different age groups, education levels, and genders.

Talking Risk: Developing the Questionnaire for the Lloyd’s Register Foundation World Risk Poll

Lloyd’s Register Foundation and Gallup developed the questionnaire in 2018. Cognitive tests took place in eight countries and in nine languages. The results of the tests and an outline of the questionnaire can be found in our report, Talking Risk: Developing the Questionnaire for the Lloyd’s Register Foundation World Risk Poll.

Download Mapping RiskAs part of this major study, the Foundation and Gallup have also produced Mapping Risk, a companion document to Talking Risk. While Talking Risk looks at people’s perception of the risks they face, Mapping Risk paints a picture of the actual number and nature of deaths, injuries and hazards experienced across the world.


  • Sept 2018 to Mar 2019 – creating and testing the survey
  • Apr to Dec 2019 – collecting the data in over 140 countries
  • Jan 2020 to Jun 2020 – analysing the results
  • Oct 2020 – launch the findings

Results and final report

We will publish the findings and raw data of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation World Risk Poll in October 2020.

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