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71% Indians support US

The 2005 Pew Global Attitudes survey found that Indians have a favourable view of the US.

india Updated: Mar 01, 2006 15:34 IST

While United States favourability ratings have plunged in many countries, Indians are significantly more positive about the US now than they were in the summer of 2002, a new opinion poll has said.

The 2005 Pew Global Attitudes survey found that 71 per cent of Indians have a favourable view of the United States and 54 per cent admire President Bush in handling world affairs.

What mostly attracts Indians is that America remains a land of opportunity despite its booming economy today. Asked where they would recommend that a young person move in order to lead a good life, a 38 per cent plurality of Indians choose the United States.

This finding may seem a weak endorsement, given America's longstanding image as a hopeful new world for immigrants; however, in no other country does even a plurality recommend the US to the hypothetical young person searching for a better life. In other countries, Australia, Canada, Great Britain, and Germany are all more popular choices.

After India, Poland has the second largest share of respondents recommending the United States - and only one-in-five Poles (19 per cent) suggests America as a destination.

First Published: Mar 01, 2006 15:34 IST