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Development on top, Modi preferred: RSS mouthpiece

india Updated: Mar 31, 2014 00:32 IST
HT Correspondent
Opinion poll

Development and governance are on the top of the mind of voters, an opinion poll commissioned by RSS mouthpiece ‘Organiser’ has concluded.

The opinion poll, published in the latest issue of the weekly, also said that more people covered by the survey pitched for the BJP’s Narendra Modi (preferred by 48%) as the next prime minister than Rahul Gandhi (27%). Arvind Kejriwal of AAP trails far behind.

The poll, however, found Rahul Gandhi enjoys a clear edge in south India. Gandhi also appears to score vis-à-vis women voters in many parts of the candidate including north Indian states.

Corruption, incidentally, did not figure among the top five topics among voters but among the top ten. The survey did not mention if people counted Ram Temple as an issue.

The survey was conducted by Organiser and Lok Saarthi Foundation in 380 parliamentary constituencies across central, northern, western, eastern and southern India. The vast majority of 1.14 lakh sampled people listed lack of employment and basic amenities such as electricity, hospitals, roads and drinking water, as their primary concerns.

The survey was conducted between the first week of January and the first week of March to gauge the ‘mood of voters’ on key issues and preferred leadership.