BBC Global Poll: Most Talked About Issues: India & Pakistan
Corruption and terrorism came up as the most talked about issues in India and Pakistan, according to the BBC World Speaks poll. A Siliconeer report.
Corruption came up as the most talked about issue in India, while in Pakistan it was terrorism, according to the BBC World Speaks poll conducted by GlobeScan on behalf of BBC World Service. The poll surveyed more than 13,000 people across 26 countries.
The most talked about global issue in India is corruption, mentioned by 30 percent of Indians. Corruption is also considered to be a very serious global problem by 66 percent of the Indian population, which is similar to the global average (68 percent).
Terrorism comes after corruption, with 25 percent of Indian respondents saying they discussed it in the past month — significantly higher than the global average (14 percent). Terrorism is also the most serious global problem, with two-thirds of Indians rating it as very serious (up 10 points since 2009). Perceived seriousness of climate change has increased dramatically since 2009 (52 percent, up 19 points), and has also been a recent topic of discussion for 17 percent of Indians.
In Pakistan, the most talked about global issue is terrorism, with 54 percent mentioning the topic — tied with Turkey for the highest proportion worldwide. It also emerges as the most serious perceived global problem in Pakistan (61 percent), although the issue receives a lower rating than in India and Turkey — where it is also a serious concern and topic of discussion — and where its perceived seriousness has somewhat decreased since 2009 (down 5 points).
Corruption is the third most discussed global issue (30 percent), after the rising cost of food and energy (47 percent), but is a less serious problem in Pakistan than it is globally (54 percent vs 68 percent). Extreme poverty is ranked second, with six in ten people rating it as very serious, while the perceived seriousness of climate change increased a little since 2009, although it remains at a low level compared to other countries (35 percent, up 6 points).
According to the BBC-commissioned poll, corruption is the world’s most frequently discussed global problem. The findings show that more than one in five (21 percent) of those polled said they had discussed corruption and greed with friends and family over the past month, making it the most talked about global problem, ahead of climate change (20 percent), extreme poverty and hunger (18 percent), unemployment (16 percent), and the rising cost of food and energy (15 percent).
In total 13,353 citizens in 26 countries were interviewed face-to-face, online (for Japan only), or by telephone between June 24 and September 18, 2010.