Last Updated: Friday, 9 April, 2004, 03:20 GMT 04:20 UK
'US is bigger threat than terror'
52% said the US and globalisation was the most serious threat
Globalisation and the US pose a more serious threat to the world than war and terrorism, according to a BBC poll.
Corruption came second on a list of the biggest problems facing the world, the survey of BBC viewers worldwide found.
Conflicts - war and terrorism - ranked third, with 50%, followed by hunger, 49%, and climate change with 44%.
BBC World asked 1,500 viewers of its news and international channel for the biggest problems in the world with 52% saying the US and globalisation.
"We were a little surprised that global superpowers and corruption were ranked top but we will track whether they are gaining from topical interest or are of greater long-term significance"
Respondents from Europe, Asia, North and South America, the Middle East, Africa and Australasia, ranked the power of the US and large corporations as the biggest worry (52.3%).
BBC World's head of research and planning Jeremy Nye said: "We were a little surprised that global superpowers and corruption were ranked top but we will track whether they are gaining from topical interest or are of greater long-term significance."
Wars and terrorism were ranked as the top concerns in Europe and the Middle East despite ranking third overall.
Illiteracy was ranked sixth overall with 38% followed by nuclear proliferation, also 38%, and the persecution of minorities with 36%.
Lack of drinking water and basic sanitation was ranked 12th, with 20%, while 16% rated migration as the most important problem.