How have economic attitudes changed during the pandemic?

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  • In McKinsey’s latest Global Survey on the economy, executives’ views are more positive than they were in March.
  • Globally 73% of respondents believe that conditions in the world economy will improve in the next six months.
  • The share of executives expecting worsening conditions has shrunk by over a half in the past three months.

In our latest McKinsey Global Survey on the economy,1 executives’ views are as decidedly positive as they were in March—even as the pandemic continues to dwarf other risks to growth. It’s an especially acute risk in India, where the week after the survey was in the field, the number of daily COVID-19 cases set a new world record.2

Globally, 73 percent of all respondents believe that conditions in the world economy will improve in the next six months. It’s the largest share to say so all year, while the share of executives expecting worsening conditions has shrunk by more than…

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