In the UK, about 55 per cent of the people questioned favoured some kind of government regulation of the internet. Interestingly, the UK government is currently trying to table its controversial Digital Economy Bill in the parliament.
Countries such as Mexico, Brazil and Turkey strongly supported the idea of internet access as a fundamental right.
Four in five people who participated in the survey said the internet offered them greater freedom and information than ever before.
The survey, conducted by the BBC World Service, involved about 27,000 adults in 26 countries around the world.