Poll: Indians Want Political Change

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Poll: Indians Want Political Change

26 Feb 2014

The Pew Research Centre, a nonpartisan fact tank that informs about the issues, attitudes and trends which shape the world, published a report on 26 February 2014 looking at the attitudes of Indians ahead of the recently announced election results.

Key Findings

Here are the key findings from this report:

  • Seven-in-ten Indians are dissatisfied with the way things are going in India today.
  • The Indian public, by a margin of more than three-to-one, would prefer the Hindu-nationalist opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to lead the next Indian government rather than the Indian National Congress (INC), which heads the current left-of-center governing coalition.
  • Roughly eight-in-ten Indians (78%) have a favorable view of Narendra Modi, compared with 16% who hold an unfavorable view.
  • Rahul Gandhi, is seen favorably by 50% of those surveyed and unfavorably by 43%.
  • By a margin of better than two-to-one, the public says the BJP would do a better job on each of a half dozen challenges facing the nation – from combating corruption to fighting terrorism.
  • Just 29% of Indians are satisfied with the way things are going in India today; 70% are dissatisfied.
  • The 2014 Indian election selects 543 members of the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the national parliament. The new Lok Sabha will elect the prime minister, who will then name a cabinet.
  • There are 788 million eligible voters in the election, including nearly 150 million who will have become eligible to vote for the first time since the last national election five years ago. In that 2009 parliamentary election voter turnout was 58%.

You can read the full report from the Pew Research Centre here.

This article summarises an external report, and is not to be taken as the view of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. 

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