85% of Indians trust govt, 27% want a ‘strong leader’: Pew survey

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Washington: More than four-fifths of Indian citizens trust their government, but interestingly, a majority of Indians also support military rule and autocracy, a latest Pew survey said, on Monday.“In India, where the economy has grown on average by 6.9 per cent since 2012, 85 per cent (of people) trust their national government,” Pew Research said in a report based on its survey on governance and trust among key countries across the world.

Notably, in India, which has strong democratic credentials since the last seven decades, according to Pew, a majority (55 per cent) of its people support autocracy in one way or the other.In fact, more than one-fourth (27 per cent) of them want a strong leader.Nearly half of Russians (48 per cent) back governance by a strong leader, but rule by a strong leader is generally unpopular, it said.

A global median of 26 per cent say a system in which a strong leader can make decisions without interference from parliament or the courts would be a good way of governing.Roughly seven-in-10 (71 per cent) say it would be a bad type of governance.India is one of the three countries in the Asia Pacific region where people support technocracy.

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