With the first phase of voting in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections less than a week away, Firstpost-IPSOS has done a pan-India survey to gauge the mood of the public.
The second wave of the National Trust Survey was conducted by Firstpost-IPSOS, which polled more than 31,000 voters from March 2 to 22. 34 percent of the respondents are from urban India and 64 percent are from rural India. The survey covers 62 socio-cultural regions, overall 329 districts across 344 parliamentary constituencies.
According to the survey, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the top pick at over 63 percent. When the same survey was done in January, nearly 53 percent had picked Modi for the top job. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has seen a decline from nearly 27 percent in January to 16 percent as of April.
So, why do BJP voters feel strongly disposed towards the party? The number one reason in January was economic development. However, now, the number one reason is that Narendra Modi is the candidate for the top job.
BJP is the most trusted party across 20 states according to the survey and these include Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan were Congress returned to power in December last year. Congress is the most trusted party in Punjab, Assam and Meghalaya.
The data also points that respondents are more likely to trust regional parties like the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, the Biju Janata Dal in Odisha, the Telegu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi in Telangana, Left Front in Kerala, and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in Tamil Nadu.