New public opinion survey on India/IR

Clary, Lalwani, and Siddiqui with an important new survey on Indian views of foreign policy issues; Confidence and Nationalism in Modi’s India:

“A new 7000-person survey conducted by phone in India between April 13 and May 14, 2022, finds: 

  • high levels of support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who likely remains among the most popular national leaders in the world today; 
  • extraordinary nationalist sentiment among Indians, at high levels compared to prior cross-national surveys using identical question wording; 
  • troubling signs of intolerance toward India’s large Muslim minority, which helps provide context to recent controversies;  
  • strong confidence in the Indian government’s ability to defend India against potential domestic and foreign threats;  
  • expectations among a majority of Indian respondents that the U.S. military would support India in the event of a war with China or Pakistan; and 
  • large majorities in favor of Indian numerical nuclear superiority against its adversaries.”

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