Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Barna Group: Global Poverty Is on the Decline, But Almost No One Believes It

Did you know that, in the past 30 years, the percentage of people in the world who live in extreme poverty has decreased by more than half? 

If you said no—if you thought the number had gone up; thatmore people, not less, live in extreme poverty—you aren't alone. According to a recent Barna Group survey, done in partnership with Compassion International and the new book Hope Rising by Dr. Scott Todd, more than eight in 10 Americans (84%) are unaware global poverty has reduced so drastically. More than two-thirds (67%) say they thought global poverty was on the rise over the past three decades. 

How does such fatalism affect Americans' views of the developing world? Of global economic possibilities? How does it affect charitable giving and optimism for a solution? And are Christians' views any different? 


p.s. loyal DCNY readers.  This will show up later on other American Anglican websites.  Notice whether or not they mention where they got it.  addendum: this was picked up by TitusOneNine on May 1.

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