LONDON: A large number of Indians, more than double of the global average, believe there is less lying in politics than in the past, according to a new survey released here on Thursday.
In contrast with the global trend across 27 countries polled by Ipsos MORI for its ‘Fake news, filter bubbles, post-truth and trust’ study, India emerged at a robust 22 per cent believing that the average person can expect politicians to tell the truth more, compared to a global average of just 10 per cent.
Britain at 4 per cent was the least trusting of its politicians, alongside Sweden, Hungary and Spain.
Over 19,000 people in 27 countries participated in the survey.
“And 57 per cent think there is more lying in politics and the media than there was 30 years ago, up to 71 per cent in South Africa, 69 per cent in the US and 68 per cent in Sweden. This is not the view of everyone, with 11 per cent thinking there is less lying, up to 22 per cent in India,” Ipsos Mori said in a statement.
Among its overall findings around fake news, the survey found that Indians were fairly confident, at 77 per cent, that they can distinguish between real and fake news.
Brazil had the highest level of susceptibility to fake news, with 62 per cent of respondents from the country saying they had believed a fake news story, with Saudi Arabia not far behind.
India came in at 55 per cent on the fake news gullibility charts, with Britain scoring high at just 33 per cent of respondents admitting to have fallen prey to fake news. (AGENCIES)