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#ModiInAmerica: Narendra Modi's US visit builds on peoples' positive feelings: Survey

Washington: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first trip to the US comes at a time when people of both countries continue to see each other in a largely positive light, according to a US think

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Updated on: September 27, 2014 10:50 IST
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modiinamerica narendra modi s us visit builds on peoples positive feelings survey

Washington: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first trip to the US comes at a time when people of both countries continue to see each other in a largely positive light, according to a US think tank.

While Madison Square Garden's sold-out shows usually include headliners like Bruce Springsteen, Madonna or Arcade Fire, Sunday's reception for Modi is expected to draw an equally massive crowd of nearly 20,000 Indian Americans, a research analyst at the Pew Research Centre noted.

In India, a majority of the public (55 per cent) has a favourable view of the US, including 30 per cent with a very positive outlook, according to a Pew Research survey conducted last spring. Only 16 per cent see the US unfavourably, while 29 per cent offer no opinion.

These high ratings are essentially unchanged from late last year, when 56 per cent of the Indian public gave the US positive marks.

But this positive view is not shared equally among all groups in India, the survey found. Younger Indians, age 18-29, are more likely than those age 50 and older to see the US in a favorable light (59 per cent vs 47 per cent).

Higher educated people (65 per cent) also view the US more positively than those with less education (47 per cent). Men (59 per cent) are more favourable to the US than women (49 per cent), though 40 per cent of women express no opinion.

And those with higher incomes (57 per cent) are slightly more pro-American than lower income Indians (49 per cent).

Americans return the positive feelings, with a majority (55 per cent) expressing a favourable assessment of India, the survey noted.

This shows little change compared with the last time Americans were asked to rate India in 2009, when 56 per cent saw the emerging Asian power favourably.

As with Indians' views of the US, Americans' regard for India differs by gender, income and education, Pew said.

Men (60 per cent) and those who are better educated (59 per cent) are more likely than women (51 per cent) and those with less education (50 per cent) to have a favourable view of India.

Higher income Americans (63 per cent) also see India more positively, though about half with lower incomes (51 per cent) share this sentiment.

The support that Indians and Americans voice for one another may reflect the ever-increasing importance of the Indian diaspora in the US and its involvement in American politics, Pew researcher Kat Devlin suggested.

The Indian American population now totals over 3 million people, most of whom are highly educated and earn above the median US household income, according to a 2012 Pew Research Centre report on the growing number of

Asian Americans.

Nearly nine-in-ten adult Indian Americans report being foreign-born, and roughly seven-in-ten (69 per cent) have close family still in India. Of those with family remaining in India, about half (49 per cent) still send money back on a regular basis, the survey noted.

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