Together, not alone – this is what the majority of citizens in some of the most important G20 countries are calling for. The results for the five countries surveyed (Argentina, Germany, UK, Russia and the USA) show that overall, people are explicitly in favor of international cooperation to solve common global problems. The highest approval ratings are in Argentina (91 percent). The lowest are in the USA, where still almost three quarters of the citizens support cross-border problem solving. Many even rate the global common good higher than their own national interests: 58 percent of all international respondents agree with the statement that cooperation is worthwhile, even if national interests need to take a back seat in the short term.
But the enthusiasm for international cooperation is not fully reflected with the G20. Overall, only 45 percent of those polled consider this forum of states positive. The most critical are the Germans: 41 percent of respondents in Germany say that the club “does (rather) not” contribute to global problem solving. This bleak picture may also relate to the fact that the G20 rarely appears in public debate, and few know what the term G20 really means. Almost three quarters of respondents state that they have ever heard of the group of the 20 most important industrial and emerging economies. However, the responses to four basic test questions make it clear that there are some gaps in knowledge behind these statements. Only a few people can precisely describe how this forum works and is organized. But still, 27 percent of all respondents have a good basic knowledge of the G20 and can answer at least three out of the four questions correctly.