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49% Say The Fight Against Maoists Will Never End

Two of every three respondents in Maoist-affected states believe the war against Maoism will eventually be won. But is the battle without end?

49% Say The Fight Against Maoists Will Never End
49% Say The Fight Against Maoists Will Never End
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Two of every three respondents in Maoist-affected states believe the war against Maoism will eventually be won. But is the battle without end? The uncertainty is reflected in the fact that half our respondents thought so. These are the findings of a poll conducted for Outlook by Marketing & Development Research Associates (MDRA) on October 13-14 in Hyderabad, Calcutta, Patna, Raipur, Ranchi. Sample size: 519.


Do you agree with the PM's opinion that Maoism is the ‘great internal security threat’ facing India?
Yes 86.5
No 10.8
Don’t Know/Can’t say 2.7

Is the use of violence by Maoists (killing, beheading, etc) a justifiable tactic?
Yes 6.0
No 92.6
Don’t Know/Can’t say 1.2

Do you agree with the home minister’s strategy of deploying the Indian army to deal with Maoism?
Yes 56.1
No 34.5
Don’t Know/Can’t say 9.4

Should the Indian air force be allowed to fire back at Maoists firing at its aircraft?
Yes 53.4
No 40.3
Don’t Know/Can’t say 6.4

Should locals be trained to help the State fight Maoists, like the Salwa Judum in Chhattisgarh?
Yes 76.5
No 14.5
Don’t Know/Can’t say 9.1

Should people in Maoist-affected areas be evacuated before any strike?
Yes 85.4
No 12.5
Don’t Know/Can’t say 2.1

In your opinion, are the Maoists justified in picking up civilian targets to make their point to the State?
Yes 6.4
No 91.5
Don’t Know/Can’t say 2.1

Do you think the Indian State will win the war against Maoists?
Yes 64.5
No 22.5
Don’t Know/Can’t say 12.9

What do you think is the main cause for growth of Maoism?
Lack of development 63.0
Government policies which help big business 19.5
Exploitation of tribal land by government and big business 6.6
Police atrocities 7.9
None of these 1.2
DK/CS 1.9

How should the govt deal with the Maoist problem?
Negotiate with Maoists directly 50.5
Use third-party mediators 8.9
Develop adivasi areas better 26.4
Use police & security forces 11.4
None of these  0.8
DK/CS 2.1

How should the Maoists deal with the government?
Call a ceasefire, hold dialogue 34.3
Surrender and negotiate 28.9
Cooperate with the State & participate in development 31.2
Continue the struggle 3.3
None of these  0.8
DK/CS 1.5

How long will the fight against Maoists go on?
Up to 1 month 1.3
1-6 months 5.6
6 months-1 year 11.8
More than 1 year 32.4
Will never end 48.9

All figures in percentage
 

 

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