While it is understandable that people in Pakistan and China dislike India (aka Bharat), it is surprising that the largest country in Europe dislikes Indians. It is pedagogical to note that Germans span Germany, Poland, Switzerland and other countries–Germanic influence permeates the entire continent of Europe. Indians are also hated in Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Maldives, Australia and Africa.
- Among 27 countries polled, 15 are positive about India‘s influence in world affairs, ten are negative and two are divided.
- India is one of just two countries (the other being Turkey) in which perceptions of the US became more negative.
- In India, positive perceptions about US dipped from 43 per cent to 39 per cent and negative views increased from 20 to 28 per cent
BBC Poll: China, Pakistan, Germany most negative about India
Posted by Saabira Chaudhuri on Monday, April 19, 2010
A BBC Poll across 28 countries finds that global perceptions about the US have become more positive, while those of India are more negative as compared to a year ago.
For the first time since 2005, views of the US are more positive than negative, leading the Steven Kull, director of the Program on International Policy Attitudes (Pipa) to conclude: “the ‘Obama effect’ is real.”
Interestingly, India is one of just two countries (the other being Turkey) in which perceptions of the US became more negative. In India, positive perceptions dipped from 43 per cent to 39 per cent and negative views increased from 20 to 28 per cent. The poll shows that the only two countries to have majorities with negative views of the United States are Turkey (70%) and Pakistan (52%).
“Worldwide, views of India lean only modestly to the positive, barely edging out views of China. Among 27 countries polled, 15 are positive about India‘s influence in world affairs, ten are negative and two are divided. On average, among 27 countries, 36 per cent are positive and 31 per cent negative about India‘s influence. A high 33 per cent d do not provide an answer or are neutral,” says the report.
China, Pakistan and Germany are found to be the most negative about India, with 47 percent, 48 percent and 46 percent of those polled from these countries expressing negative views. South Korea and the US are the most positive about India, with 56 percent and 55 percent respectively stating that they have positive perceptions.
Negative views about India in Portugal and Italy have decreased since 2009, while in France and Germany positive views have risen.
Germany is the most favourably viewed nation (an average of 59% positive), followed by Japan (53%), the United Kingdom (52%), Canada (51%), and France (49%). The European Union is viewed positively by 53 per cent. In contrast, Iran is the least favourably viewed nation (15%), followed by North Korea (17%), Israel (19%), and Russia (30%). China has remained almost stable: its positive ratings remain at 40 per cent, while its negative ratings have fallen a little, to 38 per cent. BBC Poll: China, Pakistan, Germany most negative about India, Posted by Saabira Chaudhuri on Monday, April 19, 2010
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