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What do Asians think about their nations?

Pew Center survey reveals Asian attitudes about their own lives, their nations, the world, and the United States. New Asia Institute pages summarize findings on Asia.

About the Survey | General View | Economic Situation | "Very Big" Problems | Institutions

The information below has been extracted from "What the World Thinks in 2002," a publication of the The Pew Global Attitudes Project. The report may be downloaded by clicking here. The precise questions and the full data compilation is available here. Both are in .pdf format which requires Adobe Acrobat. To get a free copy of Acrobat, click here.

This survey was conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press in collaboration with a number of survey organizations around the world. 38,000 people in 44 nations were surveyed. Surveys of 11,820 people were conducted 9 Asian nations. In presenting their findings, the Pew team groups Pakistan with Middle East/Conflict Area nations rather than with other Asian nations. The surveys were conducted between July and October, 2002. In all but one of the Asian nations, the survey was conducted face to face with adults over age 18. In Japan the survey was conducted by telephone. The last section of the report offers details about the research process.

General View

Are you satisfied with how things are going in your country?

 
Dissatisfied
Satisfied
Bangladesh
78
20
China
33
48
India
83
9
Indonesia
92
7
Japan
86
12
Pakistan
39
49
Philippines
75
20
South Korea
81
14
Vietnam
25
69

Economic Situation

How do you see your nation's economic situation?

 
Bad
Good
Bangladesh
61
34
China
47
52
India
57
29
Indonesia
85
15
Japan
93
7
Pakistan
37
49
Philippines
59
39
South Korea
79
20
Vietnam
9
92

"Very Big" Problems

How do Asians view national problems -- percent citing these as "very big" problems in their countries. Note that in China and Vietnam it was not possible to include some questions in the survey. The only other country where this was an issue was Egypt.

  Crime AIDS &
Disease
Corrupt
Political
Leaders
Ter-
rorism
Ethnic
Conflict
Poor
Drinking
Water
Moral
Decline
Poor
Quality
Schools
Immig-
ration
Emig-
ration
Bangladesh
96
58
92
92
54
59
86
42
29
16
China
40
43
N/A
N/A
N/A
32
N/A
37
9
4
India
86
72
80
90
71
59
44
46
32
39
Indonesia
74
55
84
46
69
32
68
45
11
15
Japan
85
54
85
68
20
47
66
40
21
12
Pakistan
84
62
58
78
59
55
55
61
26
34
Philippines
83
71
74
78
61
38
48
37
22
25
South Korea
35
30
75
15
28
38
38
28
10
11
Vietnam
66
69
N/A
20
N/A
26
N/A
13
15
14

Crime: Among those nations surveyed, Bangladesh, India, Japan, Pakistan, and the Philippines were among the 11 where people felt the greatest concern. China and South Korea were among 4 countries where people felt the least concern.
Political Corruption: Bangladesh ranked first; Japan fifth, and Indonesia seventh.
Terrorism: Bangladesh, India, Philippines, and Pakistan were the top 4 countries where the most people ranked this a "very big" problem. Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam were among the 4 countries where the smallest percentage ranked this a "very big" problem.
Drinking Water: A majority of those surveyed in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan indicated that poor quality drinking water was a "very big" problem, joining a majority of the people of seven African nations in expressing such a concern.

Institutions

Rating institutions -- percent saying the institution exerts a "good influence" in their country. It was not possible to ask about the military, national government, or religious leaders in China and Vietnam.

 
Military
National
Government
News
Media
Religious
Leaders
Bangladesh
61
66
78
55
China
N/A
N/A
89
N/A
India
85
64
80
47
Indonesia
73
52
89
89
Japan
69
22
48
13
Pakistan
84
72
62
50
Philippines
66
74
88
76
South Korea
66
41
64
58
Vietnam
N/A
N/A
98
N/A

 

 

Military: India and Pakistan ranked fifth and sixth among all nations in this category.
National Government: Japan ranked near the bottom in this category. 74% indicated that government had a "bad influence" on the way things were going. In the Philippines this ratio was reversed. 74% felt the government had a "good influence" and just 23% felt the influence was a bad one.
Religious Leaders: Japan ranked at the bottom in this category. 74% of Japanese surveyed said they felt that religious leaders had a "bad influence" on their nation.

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