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Star News' exclusive survey questions the Gandhi clan's credibility

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MUMBAI: Following close on the heels of the announcement made by the Congress Party to field Rahul Gandhi from Amethi, Star News decided to do some probing. The news channel commissioned a survey which was aimed at getting public responses on various issues with regards to Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and the Congress.

The findings of the survey are as under:

1. Are you aware that Rahul Gandhi has decided to contest the election from Amethi? 

Yes

No

Can't Say

Congress Voters

77.10%

17.90%

4.90%

Non Congress Voters

71.50%

23.10%

5.40%

2. Will Rahuls entry into politics help the Congress to perform better in the upcoming elections?

Yes

No

Can't Say

Congress Voters

72.40%

16.70%

10.90%

Non Congress Voters

56.20%    31.10%

12.70%

3. Are you more likely to support the Congress after the entry of Rahul Gandhi?

Yes

No

Can't Say

Congress Voters

67.20%    19.10%    13.60%

Non Congress Voters

42.20%    39.10%    18.80%

4. Who is better equipped to lead the Congress Rahul or Priyanka?

Rahul

Priyanka

Both

None    Can't say

Congress Voters    46.20%    36.70%    10.30%    2.40%    4.40%

Non Congress Voters    25.80%    40.60%    15.40%    10.90%

7.20%

5. Who is more acceptable to you as a Prime Minister  Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi?

Sonia

Rahul

Others/Can't Say

Congress Voters

50.60%    35.60%    13.70%

Non Congress Voters

44.50%    32.00%    23.50%

6. Can the Congress win the elections and form the government if it projected Rahul Gandhi as a PM candidate? 

Yes

No

Can't Say

Congress Voters

46.20%

38.60%    15.20%

Non Congress Voters

34.20%    48.20%    17.60%

7. Do you find Rahul Gandhi fit enough to be the Prime Minister of India?

Yes

No

Yes, because he represents the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty    

32.40%

13.80%

Yes, because he is young and energetic

22.40%

19.20%

Yes, because unlike his mother, he is a born Indian    

6.80%

4.70%

Yes, because I don't like the BJP led government    

2.70%

3.00%

Yes, for some other reason    

3.80%

3.20%

Total Yes    

68.10%

43.90%

No, because he has no experience    

24.70%

37.40%

No, because his mother is a foreigner    

1.50%

3.00%

No, because I am against any dynastic rule    

2.50%

7.90%

No, because people don't know much about him    

1.00%

2.70%

No, for some other reason    

2.20%

5.20%

Total No    

31.90%

56.20%

8. Who is better to be a Prime Minister  Atal Bihari Vajpayee or Sonia Gandhi?

Vajpayee

Sonia

Others/Can't Say

Congress Voters

52.30%    36.30%    11.40%

Non Congress Voters

67.90%

19.20%

12.90%

9. Do you consider Sonia Gandhi as foreigner?

Yes

No

Can't Say

Congress Voters

27.50%    64.30%    8.20%

Non Congress Voters

47.30%    48.20%    4.40%

10. Do you consider Rahul/Priyanka Gandhi as foreigners?

Yes

No

Can't Say

Congress Voters

10.20%    84.60%    5.20%

Non Congress Voters

13.10%    82.90%    4.00%

The above survey was conducted on 22 March in the state of Uttar Pradesh by reputed agency C Voters. From the figures that were thrown up, it looks like the Vajpayee clan is definitely stronger than the Gandhi clan. Not that there was a doubt anyway.

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