7 in 10 Americans think favourably of India

(What happened to the other three?)

Ajay Shah links to a Gallup poll that reveals that India is the fifth most favoured nation among Americans. 69% of respondents rated India favourably. Americans, it seems, reciprocate the love.

via Gallup

Interestingly, overall, 55% of Americans rate China unfavourably. Interestingly, a young Americans are favourably disposed towards the country (60%) while Republicans and older Americans are not (~35%). So it’ll be interesting to see if China becomes more popular over time, or Americans will change their minds once they lose their innocence.

10 thoughts on “7 in 10 Americans think favourably of India”

  1. Could a young Chinese-origin population in the US explain the opinion towards China ?

  2. Anonymous Coward,

    Interesting thought. Not sure if Gallup’s sample was representative of the overall demographic.

  3. If asked to list 10 things they know to be true about Indian, most Americans will have 8 of them wrong. They might get Gandhi and Curry right.

  4. Being born in the U.S., I could never figure out what the hell “innocence” means. No nation is “born innocent”. If anything, the Founding Fathers were hard-headed realists who knew men could not be trusted, and knew their country had a short window of opportunity to succeed.

  5. KXB,

    My reference to innocence does not refer to the “nation”, but an individual. Most people think differently about the time they cross into their 30s. I’m sure Americans do too.

  6. Why is it when faced with unexpected data, people throw up the most stupid pie in the sky conspiracies? Even worse, that others actually lend them credence.

    Gallup polls, indeed all useful polling data, use specifically calibrated randomized samples to ensure validity and representativeness of collected information. In other words among the thousand plus people surveyed, statistically speaking at most 1 or 2 will be young Americans of Chinese origin.

    The more obvious explanation is that the age difference in opinions vis-a-vis China and Russia are reflecting specific legacies of the Cold War among the older population who lived through it.

  7. Hey Nitin,

    What is your take on the cover story of The Economist on India?

  8. Abhishek,

    It’s off-topic; but I think that The Economist has a good argument. But it is possible to get have outcomes if there is political will. Yes, it’s important to reform the bureaucracy, but much could have been done with political will and well-considered policy design. [Eg NREGS is a stupid programme which was introduced despite knowing that implementation is bound to be inefficient!]

  9. just a thought——–favorable opinion means —–in america———as a pussy foot-or a —coward—-. Americans only respect those who can bring the war or can cause panic/ fear in their hearts. Whether its great country China (that can starve US financialy) or Russia (that have same effective weapons). I have been in US for few years and the way the americans personally/privately feel about canada, Israel, France, germany and UK is as their personal poodle.

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