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India second on ignorant list

PTI
Published Dec 7, 2015, 8:20 am IST
Updated Mar 26, 2019, 8:12 pm IST
Mexico sits at the top of ‘Index of ignorance’
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London: India has the “dubious honour” of being the second most ignorant nation in the world after Mexico, according to a survey which posed questions on issues like inequality, non-religious population, female employment and internet access.

The survey conducted by Ipsos MORI, a London-based market research firm, polled 25,000 people from 33 countries and found that while people “over-estimate what we worry about”, a lot of major issues are underestimated.

“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,” the survey said.

The rankings of the nations were based on the “Index of Ignorance” which was determined by some questions about wealth that the top one per cent own, obesity, non-religious population, immigration, living with parents, female employment, rural living and the internet access.

Most Indians “underestimate” how much of their country’s wealth is concentrated in the hands of the top 1 per cent, the survey said, adding that the top 1 per cent actually own an “incredible” 70 per cent of all wealth.

 

 

 

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