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'Sonia would make a better PM'

A survey of 1,884 people in 18 states show that while 52% want Manmohan to be replaced by Sonia, 56% are unhappy with UPA Govt. Your opinion?

india Updated: Jul 23, 2006 20:47 IST

A nationwide survey has indicated strong support for Sonia Gandhi as the prime minister of India.

The survey also termed her as the most popular leader in the country.

The Centre for Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) conducted the poll in 18 states and a total of 1,884 respondents were interviewed between July 16-19.

Analysis of survey results revealed that 52 per cent respondents wanted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to be replaced by Sonia, while as 56 per cent of the respondents were satisfied with PM's performance.

According to survey's results, Sonia was the most popular leader in the country as 29 per cent preferred her as PM over veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader Atal Behari Vajpayee, who was voted as favourite by 21 per cent.

In terms of popularity, Manmohan Singh came a distant third with only 16 per cent votes while former deputy PM and senior BJP leader LK Advani could garner only two per cent votes.

The survey also indicated that people believe that UPA government has performed badly on certain fronts such as price rise, terrorism and farmers' suicides.

About 56 per cent of respondents expressed their dissatisfaction over the UPA government's performance, while only 22 per cent were satisfied over its handling of crucial issues of terrorism and farmers' suicides.

The survey results also indicated that people liked Manmohan's honesty and wisdom, but they were not sure on how strong a leader he is. Only eight per cent believed that the PM took important decisions on his own.

About 22 per cent said that Sonia was taking all the big decisions, while 22 per cent said that no matter how big or small a decision, it was taken by Sonia.

About 47 per cent were not even sure of who was taking the major decisions in the government.

Interestingly, 36 per cent of the respondents did not find anything wrong in this situation, while 18 per cent felt that the PM should take decisions on his own instead of looking for Sonia's approval on every issue.