Inflation and unemployment continue to be the top concerns of urban Indians in June 2023, though worry levels have slightly diminished around both the issues, compared to the previous month.
Ipsos’ What Worries the World survey tracks public opinion on the most important social and political issues across 29 countries today, drawing on over ten years of data to place the latest scores in context.
According to the survey, crime & violence has emerged the 3rd biggest worry. Worry around financial and political corruption has reduced slightly over the previous month.
Commenting on the findings of the survey, Amit Adarkar, CEO, Ipsos India, said, “Inflation and unemployment, continue to beset urban Indians the most, due to the high cost of living and lack of adequate job opportunities. Though worry levels have seen some bit of an improvement in June, around both these nagging issues. While crime and violence has jumped up to the 3rd spot from the earlier 5th spot, becoz of the heightened episodes of violence in the Far East (Manipur) and crimes. Cyber crimes which would fall under both financial corruption and crimes, too has seen a surge with the cyber cell of police issuing alerts to caution the hapless and gullible citizens.”
“Top concerns of citizens flag to the govt, some of the key areas where citizens need some bit of reprieve or redressal,” added Adarkar.
Global citizens were concerned about inflation too, most in June 2023. Poverty and social inequality, crime and violence, unemployment and corruption, were their other worries.
Asians and urban Indians buck the global trend of pessimism, and believe their country is moving in the right direction. India emerged the 5th most optimistic market in the pecking order, a notch below from last month (was ranked 4th). Indonesia (83%), emerged the most optimistic market, followed by Singapore (77%), Thailand (67%), Malaysia (67%) and India (62%).
“The Indian economy has been showing a lot of resilience despite the tough macro global factors of inflation, global economic slowdown. Govt has been taking steps to ensure that prices don’t hit the roof, due to the import of the cheap Russian oil for instance, which has kept in check cost of fuel, logistics and daily essential needs,” stated Adarkar.
(This information is published from a press release.)