first part of this series, published on Monday, showed that support for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had increased substantially in the latest round of the YouGov-Mint-CPR Millennial Survey, with nearly 47% of the respondents favouring the party. Limited trust in the Opposition alliance and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal appeal have played a major role in this surge. However, this doesn't mean there is support for the BJP’s position on all key issues related to its 2024 election campaign.
Multiple opinion polls continue to highlight unemployment and price rise as key widespread concerns. But what about non-economic issues? First, the Ram temple. Urban Indians interviewed in the survey were split down the middle on whether the inauguration in Ayodhya was a rectification of historical wrongs faced by Hindus (51%) or an electorally motivated move by the BJP to woo Hindu voters (49%).
The survey took place a few weeks before the 22 January event. Roughly two-thirds of BJP supporters in the survey saw the event as redemption for Hindus, but among supporters of the Congress and regional parties, the majority view (over 60%) was that its timing was a poll gimmick. Three of every five respondents from minority religions viewed the event from the election lens, as did those from the scheduled tribes (61%).
Those from the scheduled castes (50%) and other backward classes (51%) showed a halfway split. In southern states, just 45% viewed the event as a corrective measure for Hindus; in other regions, the share was more than half. The online survey, held in December 2023, had 12,544 respondents from more than 200 cities and towns.Read more on livemint.com