A new survey released by a local market research company revealed that Vietnamese people nowadays are not as good as they were in the past in terms of personality traits.
The poll asked 1,005 people consisting of local and overseas students and young intellectuals aged between 18 and 35 what they think about Vietnamese people in general.
Eighty-seven percent of respondents to the poll – which was conducted by GCOMM marketing research company based in Ho Chi Minh City this August – said good personality traits of the Vietnamese have declined over the past years while only five percent said the good traits “are increasing”.
“I’m very surprised to learn about the eighty-seven percent rate but it might be true to some extent given recent looting cases involving Vietnamese in Bien Hoa province and at several industrial parks in Binh Duong province [in the south],” Tran Van Khoi, a 25-year-old office worker in HCMC’s District 1, told Tuoi Tre.
However, Khoi said many people feel pessimistic about the values and personality traits of the Vietnamese partly because of negative media reports.
“The rate would not have been that high, if the media had promoted more positive stories instead of producing shocking or tabloid stories to increase readership,” Khoi pointed out.
Ninety-four percent of those surveyed said Vietnamese’s characters play a very important role in building the national reputation and in establishing international relations.
Sixty percent said Vietnamese are hard-working, twenty-three percent affirmed Vietnamese are friendly, and eighty percent asserted Vietnamese are altruistic.
Only seven percent said Vietnamese are creative. “It seems understandable. Vietnamese are naturally smart and hardworking but it is hard for them to develop their creativities due to the current achievement syndrome and learning by rote,” said Hong Ngoc, a 20-year-old student at the University of Industry of Ho Chi Minh City.
Ninety-third percent of respondents said they are ready to jointly maintain and promote good values and personality traits of Vietnamese people.
“Every country has good and bad people. There are no perfect people even in developed nations,” said Le Duy Quang, a 33-year-old banking executive.
“Personally, I’m very proud of being a Vietnamese and ready to introduce good stories and good personality traits of Vietnamese people to international friends,” he elaborated.