By N. V. Srinivasan, The Associated PressWASHINGTON — With a year left before Election Day, a lot of people in India are focused on the election.
And they’re not just the ones who plan their weddings.
More than a third of respondents in the latest survey said they are planning a wedding in India this year, up from just 20% last year.
The survey also found that the number of people saying they have already decided to marry this year has doubled, to nearly half of all respondents.
India is the most populous country in the world and has seen a surge in popularity in recent years.
The country has seen the biggest growth in population growth, with nearly 5 billion people reaching adulthood between 2008 and 2020.
As more people become more involved in the country’s economy and politics, the number who say they are likely to vote is expected to double to more than 50 million this year.
More:A poll of 1,600 adults conducted by the Pew Research Center in the United States found that a majority of Americans say they will vote in this year’s presidential election, but the percentage who say the country is on the right track is less than half.
The United States has seen more political polarization than India, which is often described as a divided nation.
A Gallup poll released this week found that roughly 40% of Americans who were born in India support President Donald Trump, up three percentage points from a similar poll in 2012.
In a sign of a changing trend in India’s electoral process, about two-thirds of respondents said they would not be voting in the upcoming general election, compared with about two thirds in 2014.
The latest poll shows that a record-high 62% of Indians polled have said they plan to vote this year in the coming election.