New Delhi: According to the November wave of the Ipsos What Worries the World, global, 28 market survey, Urban Indians are most concerned about Unemployment, graft and poverty/ social inequality. Worry around COVID19 has further receded and it is now 4th biggest worry in the pecking order, from earlier of most overriding worry.
For global citizens too economic and financial worries take centre stage.
“Unemployment, graft and penury are the biggest worries of urban Indians in November. While the job market is opening up and there are job opportunities emerging, there is still a large number of workforce jobless due to the collateral impact of the 2-year old pandemic and lockdowns. Corruption and poverty are two glaring issues that urban Indians feel need attention. Poverty and social inequality, more so among the masses. Normalcy is returning, but recovery seems to be more long drawn than anticipated,“ says Amit Adarkar, CEO, Ipsos India.
India 2nd most optimistic market
India (63%) is the second most optimistic market, after Saudi Arabia (86%), with tech savvy, connected citizens firmly believing the country is moving in the right direction – though it has slipped by 5% age points over October.
The most pessimistic markets feeling their country is on the wrong track included Colombia (87%), Peru (84%) and South Africa (83%). The global country average had only 35% citizens believing their country is on right track.
The markets most perturbed about the coronavirus included: Malaysia (51%), South Korea (49%) and Japan (43%). India was placed 15th in the pecking order (28%).And the markets least worried about COVID19 were Sweden (8%), Argentina (9%) and Colombia (10%).
“Increased inoculation and the infections bottoming-out have resulted in positively impacting the psyche of urban Indians. Anxiety has paved way for much sobering,” added Adarkar.