DMK's poll prospects seem to be on the upswing as compared to AIADMK's, according to study.

DMK has edge over ruling party says Loyola People Studies AIADMK pooh-poohs study
news Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 19:55

According to a survey conducted by multi-disciplinary research institute People Studies of Loyola for the period August 2015 to January 2016, DMK's poll prospects seem to be on the upswing as compared to that of AIADMK. 

The survey was conducted in 39 parliamentary constituencies and 130 assembly constituencies and consisted of a sample size of 5,464 people from Tamil Nadu. It was carried out from January 7 to January 19, 2016. The survey shows that about 43 percent people were supporting AIADMK in November 2014, which reduced to 34 percent by August 2015 and has further dwindled to 33.3 percent presently. 

The survey further indicates that 26 percent people were supporting DMK party in August 2015, which increased to 33.1 percent in January 2016. DMDK has 6 percent people voting for it, PMK 3.2 percent and BJP 2 percent currently.  

Sources from AIADMK party told The News Minute that the survey did not present an accurate picture since it has been done among 5000 people, which is a very small number of people as compared to the total voters from Tamil Nadu. They also questioned the 0.2 percent difference in vote share and claimed that there should be a difference of at least 30-40 percent.

Talking to The News Minute, Rajanayagam, Director of People Studies said, "One of the factors for the decline in performance of AIADMK could be the Chennai floods and the perceived inaction of AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa in its aftermath. DMK's increase in vote share is the impact of M K Stalin's campaign.”

The other findings of the survey are that the DMK's election promise of alcohol prohibition in the state would not have a significant bearing on the final outcome while alliances could be the deciding factor.

On the other hand, the survey shows that people are appreciative of welfare schemes in the state. Asked if that can help a party gain votes, "It may help a party gain votes in the elections," Rajanayagam said.

The survey points out that the major concerns for the people of Tamil Nadu are corruption, TASMAC shops, electricity supply and unemployment. 

Will corruption charges affect both the parties? "It is too early to say anything on that as Jayalalithaa's DA case and 2G cases are yet to be heard by the court," said Rajanayagam.  

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