Most Indian youths favor conservative concepts despite the modern appearance
Among the respondents, 49% were in favor of death penalty, while only 33% felt that it should be abolished. 60% of youth asked about cutting across religions, believed that films which hurt religious sentiments should be banned, with only 23% opposed to such bans. The survey, jointly conducted by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and Lokniti, covered 6,122 respondents in the age group of 15-34 and it was was carried out in April-May 2016 in 19 States.
On the lately contentious subject of beef consumption, 46% disagreed with the liberal sentiment that “consumption of beef is part of personal eating habits and nobody should have an objection”, while only 36% agreed with it.
However, 40% of non-vegetarian Hindu youth and 90% of Left supporters had no problem with beef consumption. At the same time, the survey also found the majority of Indian youth (58%) to be non-vegetarian, while 30% and 9% described themselves as pure vegetarians and “eggitarians” respectively.
The survey also found strong support for existing quota for SC-ST and OBCs in government jobs, with 48% in favour and 26% against.