Education, corruption biggest drivers for people protest: Pew Research

Other factors that motivate people in India to take part in protests or reach out to their elected representatives are poor quality of healthcare, poverty and police misconduct


Poor healthcare and poverty are among the biggest causes of people’s ire and motivators for political action, according to the Pew Research study. Photo: Indranil Bhoumik/Mint
Poor healthcare and poverty are among the biggest causes of people’s ire and motivators for political action, according to the Pew Research study. Photo: Indranil Bhoumik/Mint

New Delhi: Poor quality of schools and corruption are the two biggest motivators for people to take political action in India. According to a recent study conducted by Pew Research Center on global attitudes and trends, 77% people were ready to contact their elected representatives or participate in a demonstration because of poor quality schools and corruption in the country.

The study also found that apart from education and corruption, the other factors which motivate people in India to take part in protests or reach out to their elected representatives are poor quality of healthcare, poverty and police misconduct. The study found that 73% people were ready to take part in some kind of political action because of these three factors.

Political analysts feel that these issues related to education, poverty, corruption and healthcare largely represent the failure of the government to provide basic facilities to people, which motivates them to become involved in political action. “People have started to realise that even though they pay taxes, the kind of services they should get in education, healthcare and governance were not being provided by the government which motivates them to take part in political actions,” said Mumbai-based political analyst Jai Mrug.

Among the eight countries that are part of the study, poor healthcare and poverty are among the biggest causes of people’s ire and motivators for political action, according to the study. These countries are India, Kenya, Nigeria, Greece, South Africa, Italy, Poland and Hungary.

In most of the countries included in the study, poverty remained the second-most important factor for people to take part in political action in their country.

While surveying the strengths and limitations of the government, the study also found that there is a common perception among people that the government runs for the benefit of few in both emerging and mature democracies.

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