Listening to 1 million voices: analysing the findings of the first one million MY World votes

Research reports and studies
September 2013
Claire Melamed, Paul Ladd
As of Wednesday 18th September, 2013, almost 1,130,000 people from 194 countries had participated in the MY World global survey.

  • Over 80% of participants are from developing countries – over one third (35%) from low Human Development Index (HDI) countries; another 45% from medium HDI countries.
  • Half of participants completed the survey using the ballot ‘pen and paper’ method.
  • Over one third of participants have low education levels and are likely to be poor (education is used as a proxy for income in most surveys) – 15% of participants didn’t finish primary school; another 22% only finished primary school.
  • There is a roughly equal gender split for participants: 53% male, 47% female; although for the SMS outreach male participants outnumbered women by almost 3 to 1.
  • Over two thirds (68%) of participants are under the age of 30.

The MY World results offer a preliminary outline of what the global deal on new goals would be if it were up to the world’s citizens.