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'70% Indians for better ties with US

A US-based research centre finds that 70% of Indians think that Indo-US relations have improved in recent yrs.

india Updated: Sep 25, 2006 12:22 IST

Seventy per cent of Indians believe relations between their country and the US have improved in recent years and those who think so overwhelmingly consider this a good thing.

On the other hand, four-in-ten (43 per cent) Pakistanis say US-India relations have become better, and they are divided over whether this is a positive development, according to a Washington-based research centre's survey of global attitudes.

Only 16 per cent of Pakistanis think relations between the US and India have not improved; 42 per cent are unable to offer an opinion, suggest just released findings of Pew Global Attitudes Project Spring 2006 Survey by Pew Research Center.

Most Indians (62 per cent) have heard about the nuclear agreement between the US and their country, while only 25 per cent of Pakistanis are aware of this, according to the survey in six nations: India, Pakistan, United States, Russia, China and Japan.

In India, three-quarters (75 per cent) of those who have heard of the nuclear deal approve of it, while in Pakistan the reverse is true - roughly three-quarters (73 per cent) of those who are aware of the deal oppose it.

There is no consensus in Pakistan about the direction of US-Pakistani relations - roughly half (49 per cent) say relations have improved in recent years, while 20 percent believe they have not improved and 30 per cent offer no opinion.

The overwhelming majority of those who believe relations have grown stronger believe this is a positive development.

Indians are divided over whether US-Pakistani relations have strengthened in recent years - 40 per cent say they have, 41 per cent believe they have not, and 19 per cent are not sure. Those who think relations have improved tend to consider this a positive trend.

The Pew Global Attitudes Project is a series of worldwide public opinion surveys encompassing a broad array of subjects ranging from people's assessments of their own lives to their views about the current state of the world and important issues of the day.

The national surveys were taken between March and May 14, 2006 with telephone or face-to-face interviews of adults. Sample sizes were 500 in Japan; about 1,000 each in Pakistan, Russia and the United States; and slightly more than 2,000 each in China and India.