Washington based independent, non profit, Pew Research Group has conducted a survey across India during December and January months about current political opinion and choices. According to them, men, women; young, old; educated, not so educated; urban, rural… cutting through all these divisions, about 70% of Indians are not happy with the way things are today. About 63% respondents have preferred BJP over Congress to lead the next government. Interestingly, barring Northern India, support for BJP in the other regions – Western, Eastern and Southern regions is just around 50%.
Including Modi’s Gujarat, Maharashtra and Chattisgarh too did not support BJP outright. Congress support is highest in Easter states – with around 30%, rest of the areas did not cross 20%.
About specific issues, in combating corruption – 56% felt BJP would do a better job. Job creation would be better under BJP leadership, felt 58% respondents. BJP will curtail terrorism better, 56% thought. The current political uncertainty, or the problems caused by coalition politics will be less with BJP, felt 47%.
Support for Modi as PM is at a whopping 78%, while just about 50% favored Rahul Gandhi. Support and opposition to Sonia Gandhi is almost equal. Interestingly, Anna Hazare is respected by about 70% of the respondents.
The survey covered 15 states, eight language regions with about 91% population representation.