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General elections 2019: Unemployment, healthcare top poll issues

Updated : April 09, 2019 02:37 PM IST

As the world's largest democracy goes to polls, two surveys show that unemployment is the key issue for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

A survey conducted by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) across 534 Lok Sabha constituencies and 2.73 lakh voters shows that 47 percent of the respondents list employment as their top priority.

In another online survey done by Local Circles, it highlights that a majority of the respondents want the next government to reduce the unemployment rate.

CNBC-TV18 discuss the findings of two surveys with Major General Anil Verma, the head of ADR and Sachin Taparia, the chairman and chief executive officer of Local Circles.

“The survey is a reflection of two things. One is what does the voter want and how does he rate the government. This is the third in the series of surveys. We had done the first one just before the 2014 elections and the second one was a mid-term, which we did in 2017 and this is the final one. Priority number one given by the voters or the common man was employment and it has increased 67 percent in the priorities from 2017 survey as far as the employment goes. Priority number two was healthcare, which has increased by 40 percent. So the last survey, the priorities were employment, drinking water and health. This time, it has changed to employment, health and drinking water," Major General Varma said.

"Reducing unemployment and creating jobs is a critical issue and our survey was focused on what do the people of the country want. You have different political parties coming up with their manifesto soon. So, we asked the citizens what is it that you are looking for? On unemployment, there are multiple surveys that have come in the last couple of months," Taparia said.
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