83% Prefer Modi, Only 8% Prefer Rahul Gandhi as PM: #TimesMegaPoll

Narendra Modi (file photo). Courtesy: PIB
Narendra Modi (file photo). Courtesy: PIB

As the Lok Sabha election is expected to happen after just a couple of months, Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi has emerged as the preferred choice for PM, according to a mega Times Group online poll.

It reveals that 83% of the over 2 lakh respondents who participated in the survey say that a Modi-led NDA government was the most-likely possibility after the polls.

The poll also indicates that Modi’s personal popularity remains high. Plus, 84% of respondents said that they would prefer Narendra Modi as PM candidate if Lok Sabha election is held today.

According to the poll, Congress president Rahul Gandhi is a distant second as the most-preferred choice for PM among online voters, with 8.33% voting for him, followed by 1.44% for Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, 0.43% for BSP leader Mayawati and 5.9% predicting another political leader as the next PM.

Times Group Online Poll
Times Group Online Poll

However, when the respondents were asked if they considered Rahul Gandhi more popular today compared to 2014, as many as 31% responded in the affirmative, while 63% felt the opposite.

The poll, according to the Times Group, was conducted online between February 11 and 20 in 9 languages across 13 media properties of the Times Group. The results were concealed from respondents during the 10 days of online polling to negate motivated voting.

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According to the Times Group, almost half a million voted for this survey, however, in order to negate any attempt at gaming the result, only logged in users’ votes (over 2 lakh) were considered, ensuring that only one vote per person was counted. The results of the poll were published today, February 21.

RMN News Service cannot confirm the authenticity of the poll.

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