Post-poll survey: Narendra Modi leads Rahul by a big margin in PM race

May 13, 2014 11:56 am

Almost 40 per cent of voters want Narendra Modi as the next Prime Minister of India reveals CNN-IBN-CSDS-Lokniti post-poll survey. According to the survey there has been a steady growth in BJP prime ministerial pick Narendra Modi’s popularity since July 2013. Then Modi had got just 19 per cent backing. It went up to 34 per cent in January 2014 and remained same in March and then touched 37 per cent.

Narendra Modi’s principle rival and the Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s popularity has not seen any change since January 2014. It has been 15 per cent since January and was just 12 per cent in July 2013.

One more interesting thing is 27 per cent respondents have no opinion on the leadership. It means one-fourth of India has no choice.

Modi support break-up

According to survey findings, Narendra Modi’s popularity is highest among the upper castes and lower class OBCs. Among the Hindu upper castes it is 55 per cent and lower OBC’s 46 per cent. He has substantial support among even upper OBCs (38 per cent), STs (35 per cent) and SCs (29 per cent) respectively.

Support for Modi among the Muslims is the lowest with just 9 per cent backing him.

Rahul gandhi support break-up

He has highest support among the Muslims with 35 per cent backing him for the post of Prime Minister. Among the Hindu upper castes and lower OBCs, he has got just 9 per cent and 11 per cent support respectively.

Among the upper OBCs Rahul Gandhi has got 13 per cent backing and among the STs and SCs he has got 18 per cent and 14 per cent backing respectively.

Interestingly, in the PM preference by age group Modi’s popularity is highest among young voters and it decreases with age. Among the youth in the age group of 18-22 years Modi has got 44 per cent backing and among the voters above 56 years and more, he has got 31 per cent support.

Rahul Gandhi has got the highest 18 per cent support among the age group of 22-25 years and has got 14 per cent support among the voters above 56 years and more.

Modi favourite among men

When it comes to gender, Modi is liked more by the men than the women voters. There is a huge 10 percentage gap between the two. 41 per cent men and 31 per cent women respondents like him and 17 per cent men and 14 per cent women respondents like him.

In 12 states Narendra Modi’s popularity is higher than his national average popularity of 37 per cent. In Himachal Pradesh, he has got the highest 52 per cent support and in Delhi, it is 38 per cent. In 9 states his popularity is below the national average of 37 per cent. In Seemandhra, it is 35 per cent and in Kerala, it is just 14 per cent.