A recent survey by Association for Democratic Reforms(A.D.R) shows the factors that influence the voters and their top concerns/expectations.


Key insights of the survey

  • A nationwide survey involving more than 2.7 lakh people revealed that
  • For 41.34% respondents, distribution of liquor, cash and freebies was an important factor behind voting for a particular candidate.
  • Though 97.86% interviewees felt that candidates with criminal background should not be in Parliament or State Assembly, 35.89% were willing to vote for a candidate with criminal records if the candidate had done good work in the past.
  • Better employment opportunities and healthcare remain among the top priorities of voters.
  • The respondents rated the government’s performance on 31 listed issues as below average. On a scale of one to five, the respondents gave an average of
    • 2.58 for better public transport
    • 2.53 on the issue of electricity for domestic use and
    • 2.52 for drinking water
    • 2.51 for the government’s performance on initiatives against river and lake water pollution
    • 2.48 for empowerment of women and security
    • 1.37 on eradication of corruption
    • 1.15 on the issue of terrorism
    • 2.15 as regards better employment opportunities
    • 2.35 on better healthcare
    • 2.18 for availability of water for agriculture
    • 2.15 for agri-loan availability
    • 2.23 for higher price realisation for farm products
  • All throughout the survey, better employment opportunities and better healthcare remain amongst the topmost voters’ priorities. Also, these two voters’ priorities have continued to remain at the top at all India level since 2017.
  • As per the survey, the top priorities of voters were as follows :
    1. Better employment opportunities (46.80%)
    2. Better healthcare (34.60%)
    3. Drinking water (30.50%)
    4. Better roads (28.34%)
    5. Better public transport (27.35%)

About the survey

This is the third all-India survey commissioned by the ADR. A total of 2,73,487 people across 534 Lok Sabha constituencies participated in it.

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