Interestingly, data indicates that 73 per cent Indians haven't
heard about BJP's "Feel Good" campaign.
As for opinion about the electorial results, 31.1 per cent of the
sample population have decided to vote for the NDA, 24.6 per cent
for Congress and allies and 18.8 per cent for Third Front. But a
crucial 25.5 per cent preferred not to disclose their minds, says
a release issued by the company.
The release elaborates that 45 per cent of the people feel the
NDA will come to power again, while 25 per cent think that Congress
and allies will pick the baton. A mere Six per cent feels that Third
Front will form the government but a sizeable 24 per cent were still
The poll indicates that NDA may bag 265+ seats, Congress and its
allies 196+ seats, while others may get 75.
The pre-poll survey was conducted by Zee News-Taleem through stratified
random sampling technique covering 65 parliamentary constituencies
across the country barring, Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh,
Tripura, Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshwadeep Islands. Both urban
and rural voters with a proportionate number of SC/ST constituencies
The team had selected four assembly segments in each parliamentary
constituency, to conduct the study. Within each segment, two polling
booths were randomly selected from where 25 voters, whose names
appear in the 2004 voters list, were randomly picked. The only exception
to this was Jharkhand. The data were collected by a team of over
260 social scientists, informs the release.
Of the 13,000 respondents, data were collected from 12,788 between
15-20 March with the exception of Tamil Nadu, where the survey was
conducted between 21-23 March. There was just one glitch, respondents
comprised larger number of males than females compared to national
sex ratio. Despite that, Zee is sure of the analysis as the data
was randomly selected.
As per the data, the biggest issues in these elections will be
infrastructure and water with 71 per cent voicing the same, unemployment
and poverty stand at 66 per cent and economic development at 57
per cents. The much-hyped Indo-Pak relations are of 27 per cent
consequence and the Hindutva card seems played out at 21per cent.
While 34 per cent of the sample population have a positive opinion
of the NDA government, 28 per cent people give it an average on
performance, 11 per cent give it a minus and 27 per cent are undecided.
Besides "Feel good" campaing, another interesting observation
was that about Advani's flogging popularity. While Atal Bihari Vajpayee
continued to be a popular choice with 51 per cent votes, Sonia Gandhi
was second with 28 per cent. Advani was placed on the same podium
as Mayawati, Mulayam Singh and Laloo Yadav at 2 per cent.