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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
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

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