Indians Prefer Military over Manmohan Singh : Pew Survey

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  1. Daredevil

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    Army is a positive influence: Survey

    The people of India and Pakistan have one thing in common -- they prefer the nation's military to their political leaders.

    As many as 92 per cent Indians believe that the military has a good influence on the nation. The defence forces garnered the highest level of support in a survey.

    The survey was carried out by the Pew Research Centre, 'a non-partisan fact tank that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world', according to the group's website.

    The study was carried out as part of the 2010 Pew Global Attitudes survey.

    In spite of the massive corruption charges faced by some members of his Cabinet, most Indians still trust Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to manage the country's affairs.

    An overwhelming 85 per cent of the people surveyed believe that Dr Singh has a good influence. A higher percentage -- 87 per cent -- of people have a favourable opinion about the prime minister.

    Among them, nearly 47 per cent per cent of the respondents held a very favourable opinion about the highly qualified and soft spoken Dr Singh.

    Nearly 85 per cent of Indians believe that the media has a good influence on society.

    India prides itself on granting absolute freedom to the press, which is often ruthlessly critical of the government and its policies.

    The Indian media, especially the news channels, are sometimes criticised for sensationalising every possible issue.

    But the media has time and again proved its mettle by exposing scams involving corrupt politicians and ensuring that the rich and influential don't walk away in spite of committing

    The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance finally has some good news. A surprising 80 per cent of respondents in the survey have given a thumbs up to the national government.

    The monumental 2G spectrum scam, the meteoric rise in prices or the embarrassing fiasco over the recently-held Commonwealth Games has not managed to dent the UPA's support base.

    If anything, the government has actually become more popular!

    In a similar survey conducted by Pew Research Centre in 2007, only 77 per cent people had felt that the government had a good influence.

    The Left Front may go blue in the face protesting against divestment and the entry of foreign companies in various sectors of the Indian market.

    Not surprisingly, most Indians don't have a very high opinion about their policemen, who are considered to be largely incompetent and indifferent.

    Corruption is endemic in the police force, starting from the level of constables and traffic cops and finding its way up to top policemen.

    Only 49 per cent of Indians believe that the police force has a positive influence on society, while the majority of 50 per cent feel that its impact is negative.

    Indian women have a better opinion about the police -- 55 per cent of them believe that the police have a positive influence. But only 45 per cent of Indian men believe in that.

    But the fact remains that most Indians -- 72 per cent of those surveyed -- believe that large companies from other countries have a positive influence.

    In a similar survey conducted in 2002, during the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance's regime, only 61 per cent people had expressed confidence that large foreign companies had a positive influence.

    India is a melting pot of many religions, a country where people from across the world converge to seek out religious gurus and spiritual leaders.

    It is, therefore, surprising that only 38 per cent of Indians think religious leaders have a positive influence.

    An overwhelming 58 per cent Indians believe that religious leaders actually have a negative influence.

    The 2007 survery had revealed that 52 per cent Indians still believed that religious leaders have a positive influence.
     
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  3. rcscwc

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    I shudder to imagine that one day people might clamour for military rule. In democracy, you can at least cry out loudly and openly and even change your rulers. But generals to maarenge bhi aur ronay bhi nahin denge. As it is, corruption in military is quite high. Come to think. Even COAS lied about his salary!!

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  4. ahmedsid

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    I dont think Indians Prefer Military Rule! They Love the Armed Forces and Respect it, like every nation should! I dont see any clamour for Armys Rule!!! I hate it when the Media goes into Over drive to grab headlines and in the process distort the thinking!
     
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    ^^^Well the article headline itself is alright.

    But if you check out the survey UPA still has pretty high ratings with MMS at 87% and handling of economy at 85%. You can check out the full report here http://pewglobal.org/files/2010/10/Pew-Global-Attitudes-India-Report-FINAL-October-20-2010.pdf


    The relevant part of the report here

    And interesting part was how Indonesia, South Korea and Japan all having pluralities of favorable opinion about India
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    the question of military rule was never asked in the survey. all that is being pointed out is the influence and there the armed forces are certainly seen having better influence than any other indian institution. the general impression is the armed forces are more honest than what is seen in the rest of the institutions, though not sure with scam after scam to what extent that image has taken a beating, but still the image has really not been tarnished, now if the same question was to asked about the indian polity you can be rest assured the words oozing out would have been dishonesty, corrupt, criminals and so on and so forth and that does not bring about a good impression nor a good influence in any which way.

    when it comes to MMS, he carries the baggage of congress, congress high command and the fact of the matter is, he is seen no more than a puppet who does what he is asked to do but still someone who is a honest gentleman with little agenda than the good for the country. if the baggage that bogs him downgets taken away, i have not the slightest of the doubts he would give the very same army a run for their money, but hey if that were to happen he would no more be the indian PM!

    then all this also depends on who was surveyed who was not, a hardcore ideologue of anything who is not associated with congress and its affiliates will very rarely have a liking for dr singh.
     
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    i am again asking a question here which was not ans in past

    does size of nations plays an important role in deciding whether military coup can occur successfully or not .
     
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    nothing surprising here. $40bn loss >>> Adarsh society.
     
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    I think the merit upon we are discussing this title might have been different for those who have participated in this survey. The question is confusing since Indians love the army. The real question should be democracy or army dictatorship ?
     
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    The size of a country does not really matter, because, we've had military takeovers/coups or attempted coups in large as well as small countries. Two examples would be USSR (large) and Bangladesh (small).
     
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    militray coup in ussr cau u provide more info. i think it only in nation`s of small to medium sizes in which chances of military take over is large
     
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    It was attempted when some rebels supported by some elements of army surrounded the parliament. It failed.

    Military coups can succeed in small to moderate size countries. Small: Fiji. Medium sized: Pakistan and Bangladesh. Even the unbroken Pakistan, not exactly medium sized, sawuccessful coups. In India a coup cannot succeed.
     
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    Who are the 20% who think Pakistan is good! lol..
     
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    The percentages is actually what Pakistanis think about India. So 20% have favourable views on India.

    Similarly, 64% in Indonesia have favourable views on India and so on.
     
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    The weird fact is that more Chinese view India unfavorably rather than Indians viewing China unfavorably! This shows Chinese mentality against India.
     

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