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One in three Indians say they are suffering, survey finds

Gallup classified respondents as thriving, struggling or suffering according to how they rated their current and future lives.

NEW DELHI // Nearly a third of Indians view their lives poorly enough to be classified as suffering, and the rate increased among all income and education levels, a survey found.

The poorest and least educated Indians were the most likely to be suffering, according to the Gallup survey released yesterday.

Gallup classified respondents as thriving, struggling or suffering according to how they rated their current and future lives. Income, education and employment were the top factors affecting people's well-being, said the survey, first taken in 2006.

The 2012 survey rated 31 per cent of the respondents as suffering. Among the poorest 40 per cent, 38 per cent were suffering.

The survey showed some aspects of their lives have improved. The percentage of respondents who said they did not have enough money for food decreased considerably to 13 per cent in 2012 from a high of 35 per cent in 2006.

Nearly three-fourths of respondents perceived corruption as widespread in government. Despite a series of scandals that have rocked the government over the past year, the percentage of people who thought corruption was widespread fell from 80 per cent in 2011 to 73 per cent in 2012.

The survey was based on face-to-face interviews with about 5,000 Indians, 15 or older, between January 29 and March 8. Its error margin was 1.7 percentage points.

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