Lagos was the only city polled where the majority thought that women should not have the same rights as men (52%). In Nairobi, 71% though that women should have the same rights as men.
Those surveyed in Nairobi scored highest among all other cities (35%) in believing that Aids was the most important global issue at the moment. In Lagos the majority (63%) said it was education. The most important personal issue for respondents in both cities was education (46% in Nairobi, 79% in Lagos).
Respondents in Lagos overwhelmingly (96%) thought that their education had prepared them for their future. This figure was 64% in Nairobi.
Finding a good job is a major concern in Lagos (89%) – the second highest proportion after New Delhi (97%) – and Nairobi (75%).
Despite living in an overcrowded city, the majority of Lagos respondents (60%) said that governments should not be allowed to limit the number of children people have. This contrasts with Delhi, a similarly overcrowded city, where 91% said the government should have this power. But In Nairobi, the majority of those surveyed (55%) thought that the government should be allowed to limit the number of children people have.
On emigration, 87% in Lagos and 79% in Nairobi think that people should be able to live in whatever country they choose. A large proportion of respondents in both cities – Nairobi (81%) and Lagos (76%) – said they would emigrate to secure a better future.
When asked whether money can buy you happiness, 46% of those living in Nairobi said it could while only 4% of respondents in Lagos thought money was the answer.
Global warming is a hot topic right across the world but 52% of those polled in Lagos said they hadn’t heard of it and only 22% said they had heard of it and understand what it is. This contrast with Nairobi where 62% had an understanding of global warming and only 8% hadn’t heard of it.
Over a quarter polled in Nairobi (26%) thought that America’s ‘War on Terror’ is making the world a safer place – the highest proportion of all 10 cities; 9% said the same in Lagos.
When asked whether they would consider taking action which may result in innocent people dying if they felt very strongly about a cause, 15% of respondents in Nairobi and 10% of respondents in Lagos said they would.
The survey was conducted by research agency Synovate in 10 major cities around the world during October 2006. Over 3,000 teenagers were questioned; all interviews were face-to-face, except in New York where polling took place online.
The poll was commissioned by the BBC as part of a week-long season of special programmes about under 18s called Generation Next.
For more information on the poll and the season visit bbcworldservice.com.