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Unemployment Top Worry For Indians: Ipsos Survey

For the past 3 months in a row, Unemployment continues to take pole position in the list of top worries, without any reprieve

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Unemployment sits right at the top, as the biggest worry for Indians as well as global citizens, for 3 months in a row – from May to June and now in July too, as per the latest findings of What Worries the World, a monthly global survey by Ipsos, an independent market research company 

But there are some happy tidings as India continues to buck the global trend of pessimism, with at least 73 percent Indians optimistic about India heading into the right direction. The world view, on the contrary, is highly pessimistic, with at least 58 percent global citizens believing their country is on the wrong track. 

Top issues worrying Indians! 

Unemployment continues to be the biggest worry of Indians. For the past 3 months in a row, Unemployment continues to take pole position in the list of top worries, without any reprieve.  

The top five issues worrying Indians are – Unemployment (46 percent), Crime and Violence (37 percent), Financial & Political Corruption (34 percent), Terrorism (29 percent) and Poverty and Social Inequality (28 percent).

July 2019                                                              

June 2019

 May 2019

Unemployment – 46%                                               

46% (no change)

42% (+4)

Crime & Violence – 37%

29% (+8)

32% (-3)

Financial & Political Corruption – 34%

39% (-5)

38% (+1)

Terrorism – 29%

31% (-2) 

36% (-4)

Poverty & Social Inequality – 28%

29% (-1)

26% (+3) 


"Indians on one hand are highly optimistic about the direction the country is going in, at the same time, Unemployment is the niggling worry, without any letup. Of course, another big worry is Crime and Violence, which has moved up by 8 percent from last round. At the same time, some of the concerns have shown marginal improvement over last round – Financial and Political Corruption is down by 5 percent, Terrorism by 2 percent and Poverty and Social Inequality by 1 percent. All these issues need govt’s attention and intervention," says Parijat Chakraborty, Country Service Line Leader, Public Affairs and Corporate Reputation, Ipsos India.      

Issues rattling Indians are predominant in some other markets as well 

Unemployment or job worry is most pronounced for South Korea (64 percent) and South Africa (62 percent) and least for Germany (8 percent), Poland (9 percent) and the US (10 percent).  India is placed 7th in the pecking order.



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