8 Things Indians Worry About

Bangalore: Corruption and financial or political scandals are the biggest worries for 71 percent Indians, revealed a global poll by Ipsos. The Ipsos poll was conducted among 18,687 global citizens in 24 Countries to assess the most worrying issues, direction and satisfaction in their country.

Terrorism is the second biggest worry (38 percent), followed by Crime and Violence (34 percent), Poverty and Social Inequality (31 percent), Unemployment and jobs (28 percent), high tax rate (15 percent) and healthcare and education both (14 percent).

Biswarup Banerjee, Head Marketing Communications, Ipsos India said “India has been rocked lately by a series of corruption scandals that have embarrassed the government, rattled markets and delayed reform bills as the opposition stalled parliament and government was busy tackling agitation for strong anti-corruption Citizens Ombudsmen ‘Jan Lokpal’ bill lead by Anna Hazare.”

Banerjee added that “The country, 87th in Transparency International's rankings based on perceived levels of corruption, is no stranger to scandals, thus it is not a surprise to see Indians are most worried about corruption and financial or political scandals.”

The poll revealed that only 45 percent Indians believe that things in India are heading in the right direction currently, which is a big drop of 27 points from a year back when the Indian economy was registering healthy growth in spite of global slowdown. Even satisfaction level with how things are going in the country has declined to 44 percent from 71 percent a year back, a significant drop of 27 points.