- Nepalese are concerned about their country’s economy (but surprisingly, many think the economic conditions are getting better)
- India has a huge impact on the country.
- Youths place more emphasis on education, are more positive opinion about other countries, are more optimistic about the country’s economic momentum- but are twice as likely as older Nepalese to want to move abroad (maybe because of the first two reasons?).
- Nepalese are ready for stronger regional cooperation.
Gallup has published the result of a survey it conducted in Nepal during mid-July and early August. The survey is part of the Insights South Asia project, a cooperation between the South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF) and Gallup.
Among others, one interesting finding is about the opinions expressed by the respondents towards India and Pakistan. There is a general understanding about India that people in it’s neighboring countries do not approve of its foreign policies and have a rather negative feeling for India. The Gallup survey portrays a very different picture: Nepalese see Pakistan as South Asia’s greatest security threat. More than 80% respondents of the survey also had a rather positive opinion about India while Pakistan has the most negative ratings among South Asian countries- about a third of all respondents.