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Corruption beats terror as top Indian concern

30% Indians admitted to talking about corruption, 25% discussed terror.

world Updated: Dec 10, 2010 07:49 IST

Corruption pipped terrorism as the most discussed global issue in India according to a recent BBC poll. In the poll 30% of Indians admitted to discussing corruption.

Terrorism came soon after with 25% of Indian respondents saying they discussed it in the past month. Perceived seriousness of climate change has increased dramatically since 2009 (up 19 points to 52%), and has also been a recent topic of discussion for 17% of Indians.

Meanwhile another survey found that one person in four worldwide paid a bribe during the past year.

The study, by the Berlin-based non-governmental agency Transparency International, was released on Thursday to mark International Anti-Corruption Day. It focuses on small-scale bribery and was put together from polls conducted among more than 91,000 people in 86 countries and territories.

In the past 12 months, one in four people paid a bribe to one of nine institutions, such as health, education or tax authorities, according to the 2010 Global Corruption Barometer.

But it was the police who proved most corrupt, according to the study which reported that 29% of those having dealings with police said they had paid a bribe.

Countries topping the list for reported bribe payments over the year were Afghanistan, Cambodia, Cameroon, India, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, the Palestinian territories, Senegal, Sierre Leone and Uganda, where more than one person out of two said they had handed out financial sweeteners to officials.

Nearly half of respondents said they paid to avoid problems, while a quarter said it was meant to speed up procedures. Lower income earners reported paying more bribes than the better paid. Corruption index from around the world