How Spin Masters Made You Believe Indians Have Maximum Confidence In Their Government -Siddhartha Mishra


Indians’ confidence in their government was higher in 2007, fell to 55 percent in 2012. It stands at 73 percent now.

Numbers, facts and a bit of laziness can change perception. Mainstream media reported this morning that ‘India tops global index of countries with the most confidence in their government’, which is incorrect.

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) Government at a Glance report mentions that “73 per cent Indians have faith in the Narendra Modi led NDA coalition”, which is correct. However, as the headline says, India is not the one where the citizens have maximum confidence in it. It is Indonesia and Switzerland jointly sharing the number one slot with 80 percent followed by India at number 3 with 73 percent.

Here is what you see from the OECD report:

According to data from 2016, the report ranks India ranks third  in the list with Indonesia and Switzerland joint-topping with 80 percent confidence ratings. Here is a copy of the data from the OECD.

What got this ‘story’ going was actually a report from the much venerated Forbes, which has this copy.

Please click here to read more.

Outlook, 14 July, 2017,

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