Outlook-MDRA opinion poll held in Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai, Banga lore, Hyderabad, Lucknow and Ahmedabad on January 22-24. Sample size: 800. Error margin +/- 3.46 per cent with a confidence level of 95%. DK/CS: Do n’t Know, Can’t Say; All figures have been rounded off to one decimal place.
The irony here (‘40% back Rahul’) is that the poll was entirely about the Congress and Rahul Gandhi (see how every question was structured) but Narendra Modi still comes up trumps. It certainly does say something when a 61-year-old outscores all other competitors in the nation—in the youth icon category!
Has Rahul asked any questions in Parliament? Has he initiated any bills? Does he have administrative experience, professional or aca–demic credentials? This boy-man is a Deewar dinosaur. Mere paas maa hai aur Gandhi surname hai. That’s it.
Gandhar, New Jersey
Based on the sample size, it looks like the poll was conducted at the Congress ‘chintan shivir’ in Jaipur.
Lalit Jha, Houston
By the way, the BJP is only helping the Congress by delaying Modi’s nomination.
Your naked dislike of Modi is palpable. Whose opinion poll is this anyway? Certainly not that of the public.
Shirish Chaudhry, Delhi
Really, 40%? For a worthless Rahul? That is surely contrived data collection.
S.S. Nagaraj, Bangalore
At best, the survey proves that 40% in the metros are idiots.
K. Suresh, Bangalore
Has Outlook already got some of the Congress money earmarked for ‘news buying’?
M. Bhagawat, Patna
You should have had an ‘Outlook Spotlight’ advertorial tag on top of the page.
Rahul, a youth icon? Of which country, pray?
Kiran Voleti, Chennai
These polls were rigged, 9 per cent to Rahul, rest to Modi.
Vinod Kumar, Delhi
If Rahul Gandhi has any support, it will be in rural India where people still believe that gods are speaking on television. I will renounce my life if Outlook can prove this poll was genuine and the sample size representative.
I have been your subscriber from 1995 when you began. But this Congress-at-any-cost agenda has really been dragging the magazine downhill in the past few years.
Radhanath Varadan, Hanoi
The bar has been set so low for Rahul Gandhi, anything he does now will be seen as an achievement. But then again, since it’s so low he might just trip on it. If Modi and the BJP lose in 2014, it can conceivably be only because of a self-goal.
Gaurav Gupta, Richmond, US
Thank you to all those who have taken the trouble to read the article and share their thoughts. Out of the arguments made here, there are two that perhaps need answering. So here they go.
1. The first part of the article compares outcomes (relative percentages of population of the religions concerned) irrespective of the process that led to those outcomes - whether immigration, relatively faster population growth or conversions. This was for two reasons. One, to put the figure of 2.3 per cent in "numerical perspective", as the article itself explained. The second reason was that outcomes are ultimately what the crux of debate is about. The rest of the article in any case dealt with process - or conversions in this case, from both a contemporary and historical perspective.
2. Some commenters have tried to cast doubts on the reliability of Census 2001. Those who do this should bear in mind that Census 2001 was conducted by a BJP government. Considering the extreme importance that BJP gives to this issue, it would be reasonable to expect that IF it had perceived a problem with the methodology that was distorting the numbers, it would have fixed it. As the article mentioned, BJP or BJP-supported governments have been in power for 10 of the last 40 years, or about a quarter of the time, and the only reasonable conclusion one can arrive at is that any misreporting of numbers, real or perceived, would be marginal and hence, not of importance.
To all other arguments made, my answer is the following: Please read the article again, with particular focus on the quotations of Vivekananda and Monier Williams, and the history of the missionary efforts in Bengal and their outcome.
Is the completely corrupt Congress and the communal and casteist religous organisation the RSS-BJP all that India can produce?
The main problem in Indian politics is the same as it was in the 1970s - finding a viable alternative to the completely corrupt Congress.
fiction being published as surveys!!
What we, the much hated kafirs should do is to make the ever blackmailing Islamic vote totally irrelevant, just as we have done in Gujarat! This is the only way we will be able to flush out the political and academia sewage that so bedevils India and set India onto the path of progress and glory!
>>As I recall most of the present lot were crooning paens of his greatness.
Crony capitalists are created and nurtured by state policy. Which policy in Gujarat has result in crony capitalism?
Based on sample size, it can be safely assumed that this poll was conducted at Congress' "Chintan Shivir" in Jaipur..
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