INDIA, March 6, 2011: For the young, educated Indian, it's soul, spirituality and solace. Most college students in India's metros have faith in God -- and family -- firmly in place, an exclusive survey across Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Chennai and Hyderabad has found.
An overwhelming majority of respondents -- 91% -- are practicing believers, have faith and regularly visit a place of worship, especially during stressful times like exam week. More than two-thirds admit to praying at least once a week and 26% say they pray, but only on special occasions.
What's more, 95% seek their parents' blessings before embarking on a new and important task. Most prefer to follow the religion they were born into and only 6% would like to explore other faiths.
Unsurprisingly, the family is acknowledged as the biggest influence in matters of faith by 91% of respondents, with friends considered important by just 5% and the Internet ranked high by just 1%.
In response to the question " How spiritual are you?", 16% said very, 49% said moderately, 28% said slightly and a mere 7% responded not at all. The poll was conducted among 757 students, of which 490 were from elite and 267 from middle-rung colleges.