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Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh. — File photo
Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh. — File photo

MUMBAI: More than half of young Indians would emigrate to the United States if given the chance and 80 per cent want a change of government, a survey showed Tuesday, just months before national elections.

Seventy-two per cent also said politicians' children should not enter politics, suggesting Rahul Gandhi, scion of India's renowned political dynasty and frontman for the Congress campaign, may not fare well at the polls.

The results of the survey of young smartphone users conducted by The Economist and mobile phone messaging platform Nimbuzz — are another ominous sign for Congress, tipped to lose the elections due to take place by May.

Some 77 per cent said a strong leader was the answer to India's problems, which The Economist said could be read as support for Narendra Modi, the “strong-man candidate” of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

More than 80 per cent of those surveyed said they would vote in the coming elections — the last time they were held was in 2009.

There are 120 million people in India aged 18 to 22 who are eligible to vote for the first time at the elections, according to The Economist.

Some 71 per cent agreed big political parties were part of the problem, which could bode well for upstarts like the anti-corruption Aad Aadmi Party that came to power in Delhi after state elections in December.

The new party, which rode a wave of popularity in December for its anti-graft stance, is now planning to take on the major parties at the national level.

The survey asked 12 questions to Nimbuzz customers, with an average of 11,263 responses. As those who took part were smartphone users, the results were likely skewed towards affluent regions, the newspaper said.


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shabaz Feb 11, 2014 08:14pm

vote for MODI..

Abbas Feb 11, 2014 11:26pm

India has made good progress but still vast majority lives below poverty line. Pakistan has been tackling militant issues since last some years and now seems to be finally acting towards a solution and possible recovery which could lead to progress. But both these countries still need a long way to go before having the same standard of living as in developed countries with freedom of expression and other equal rights for minorities. That may happen in next 20 years but until so, our youth will be looking to flee, the moment they see a possibility of a better life.

ROHIT PANDEY Feb 12, 2014 05:09am

A sea change in youth attitude towards a lot of things.

I do hope India ushers in a very free and unshackled economy to elevate growth..for only with growth and increased revenue for the government can welfare measures can be funded in ever increasing amounts for a very huge population.

India must rank along countries like USA,Singapore,Switzerland in economic freedom.

The left-leaning Indian National Congress is generally reform-averse and whatever Dr.Manmohan Singh pushed through in 1990's was due pressure of contingency as India was on verge of default in it's international obligations.

Devil Feb 12, 2014 10:47am

AAP is the answer if youth is looking for a change !! Welcome AK, Yogendra and Ashutosh to the next level i.e. LS. bid adieu to Congress and BJP !!!

Yash Feb 12, 2014 08:26pm

AK should have been put behind bars when he asked the police in Delhi to take off their uniforms and join AAP.He is nothing but an oppertunist.

Ad Zad Feb 13, 2014 01:21am

@Abbas: Emotional countries never progress because emotional people can be easily fooled on name of creed and religion. The only reason west has progressed is because the population thinks rationally. Governments are mirrior of society. Its a mere reflection. South Asian Countires will never get good leaders unless people themselves change, which looks a far fetched idea atleast for next couple of centuries.

Dipak Feb 13, 2014 05:08am

Dipak@shabaz: Yes, voting for Modi will be good for the progress, development and mutual friendship and cooperation among all countries of Asia.

vivek patil Feb 13, 2014 05:56am

Why there was no survey done to find out how many people liked Pratibha Patil being elected to top post. I guess youth was not important that time or may be non existent from media's mind'.

Kaly Feb 14, 2014 10:44am

@shabaz: Very very correct....