The people in India are one of the most ignorant about things that are going on around us. A new survey titled 'Perils of Perception' has revealed that India is the second - most ignorant nation in the world with people clueless about basic facts on wealth distribution, inequality, religious demographics, internet penetration, and female employment.
The survey -- conducted by London-based market research firm Ipsos MORI -- polled 25,000 people from 33 countries and found that while people “over-estimate what we worry about”, a lot of the major issues remain underestimated.
It says, "In “Index of Ignorance” Mexico and India receive the dubious honour of being the most inaccurate in their perceptions on these issues, while South Koreans are the most accurate, followed by the Irish. There are some regional patterns in this table – for example Latin American countries tend to be more inaccurate, European and Americans more accurate – but this hides individual differences, and is not the whole story. New Zealand is the least accurate of the developed countries (in the top five most ignorant), while China is in the top 5 most accurate."
The rankings of the nations were based on the “Index of Ignorance” which was determined by questions about wealth that the top 1% own, obesity, non-religious population, immigration, living with parents, female employment, rural living and internet access.
Most Indians “underestimate” how much of their country’s wealth is concentrated in the hands of the top 1 percent, the survey said, adding that the top 1% actually own an “incredible” 70 percent of all wealth. The survey also found that most Indians “hugely overestimate” the proportions of non-religious people in the country to be 33% when the true figure is under 1%.
However, Indians overstimate the 'obesity' problem in the country.
Indian population seriously underestimates the rural population of the country and thinks more people have internet access than in reality. In India the average guess among online respondents for internet access is 60% - overshooting the true picture by 41 percentage points, the survey added. India fell in the list of nations which overestimate female representation in politics.