The Lokniti-CSDS survey showed 49% respondents saying they would vote for Congress, with 27% saying their vote was for the BJP.

Survey in poll-bound Ktaka shows Cong ahead Siddaramaiah still popular as CM
news Politics Friday, January 26, 2018 - 11:45

A survey, conducted before the upcoming Karnataka Assembly polls, found the Congress ahead of its nearest rival, the Bharatiya Janata Party, with a whopping 49% of those surveyed saying they would vote for the incumbent party.

In the ‘Mood of the Nation’ survey conducted by Lokniti-CSDS, an independent research organisation, found 27% of the respondents saying they would vote for the BJP, while 20% said Janata Dal (Secular) had their vote.

The survey aimed to capture the current mood of the voters ahead of the Assembly polls, scheduled for May.

The survey focused on the performance of the incumbent government, asking people who could be the next Chief Minister, what important issues should candidates keep in mind and which party respondents would vote for in the Assembly elections.

The survey also showed Chief Minister Siddaramaiah drawing 34% approval ratings, with respondents saying they would like him to continue in his post. In a surprise, BJP’s chief ministerial probable BS Yeddyurappa stood third, with HD Kumaraswamy from the JD(S) coming second. Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge got the backing of 10% of the respondents in the state.

Bengaluru citizens in particular, however, gave a thumbs down to the state government with 55% respondents saying they were ‘somewhat dissatisfied’; 11% said they were ‘fully satisfied’ and 46% voted for ‘somewhat satisfied’.

In contrast, the Congress performed better in smaller towns and cities. The level of satisfaction was also much higher among non-dominant backward castes, scheduled castes and scheduled tribes.

When asked about what issues they would like their candidates to focus on rural respondents highlighted agriculture problems, while urban respondents pointed to unemployment and price rise.

BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa enjoyed uniform support in rural and urban areas, but got greatest support from the Lingayats, who are spearheading a movement to seek a separate religion.