Modi or Rahul Gandhi- The Nation Wants to Know Who is the Next PM of India?

When the entire country is gearing up for 2019 parliamentary elections, a ‘National Trust Survey’ being organised by Firstpost-IPSOS unveiled that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the front-runner for the post of Prime Minister in 2019. The reports collected from the northern states clearly reveal that once again it is going to be the ‘NaMo’ effect that would prevail in 2019. While 53% of the population has prefered Modi as the next PM, his nearest competitor Rahul Gandhi struggled even reaching the 30% mark and managed to score only 26.9%.

In south Indian states like Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, Rahul Gandhi is the preferred candidate for sitting in the helm of the country. Only 14% of those who polled in AP, 19.4% of those polled in Kerala and 10.6 of those polled in Tamil Nadu have selected Modi ahead of Rahul Gandhi as the PM candidate. Another record shows that 68.8% in AP, 62.6% in Kerala and 69.7% in Tamil Nadu have elected Rahul Gandhi as their prime ministerial candidate, weeding out the possibilities of re-electing Modi for his second term starting from 2019. Telangana is the only neighbouring state which has voted in favour of Modi being the prime minister in 2019. Only 68.7 polled in support of Narendra Modi while only 15% preferred Rahul Gandhi for the post of prime minister. The trend in south India is deeply conflicted by that in the states like Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh where more than 65% voted in favour of Modi. In Gujrat, 75% of the population prefers Modi as their future PM.

The survey jointly conducted by Firstpost-Ipsos clearly indicated that in states like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Telangana, Odisha, and West Bengal, the population is displaying its faith in the regional parties.

According to the newspaper house, the survey was conducted on a little less than 35,000 individuals (roughly 34,470) from 291 urban wards and 690 villages across 320 parliamentary constituencies in 23 states. The questions asked were mostly concentrated on the faith of the ordinary people in institutional policies and priorities ahead of the 2019 Loksabha elections. People were also asked about the emotions involved in the political supremacy of the national and regional parties.

According to the survey, people are inclined towards trusting family, friends and holy places. When it comes to public institutions, the prime minister’s office (75%) was adjudged a more reliable and credible institution for the public than the Supreme Court (73%) and Parliament (72%).

The published data also highlights the key figures of instilling trust in national leaders like Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi. The pendulum shifted in favour of the latter in the 3 leading states of south India-Andhra Pradesh had 41% voted in favour for Modi, 64% for Rahul Gandhi), Kerala(37% preferred Modi, and 63% chose Rahul Gandhi) and Tamil Nadu(25% favoured Modi, and 60% opted for Rahul Gandhi).In Karnataka and Telangana, however, only 49% had selected Modi as their prime minister while Rahul Gandhi (43%) was lagging by a margin of only 6%.

Furthermore, the survey inferred that the supporters are strongly attracted to the BJP-led NDA Alliance because of the government’s promise in improving the economic condition of the country. 37% of the total polls in favour of BJP want Narendra Modi as the nation’s PM for the second term. The people supporting Indian national Congress have strongly praised the performance of the current leaders of the part following the behemoth failure in 2014 Loksabha elections. 43% of the total contributors have heartily agreed with the corruption accusations charged by INC against the existing Narendra Modi Government regarding the Rafale deal. Almost 75 percent of the voters have contributed their support if the Government becomes successful in tabling ordinance bill in favour of building Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

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