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Political Leaders Have Let Us Down: 75%

Over 80% think our leaders are too old. And surprisingly, 80% are registered voters too. Read on.

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OUTLOOK-MDRA OPINION POLL
Political Leaders Have Let Us Down
Over 80% think our leaders are too old. And surprisingly, 80% are registered voters too. Read on.

POLITICAL AWARENESS

INTEREST IN POLITICS

ISSUES AND CONCERNS

PERCEPTION ABOUT PARTIES

PERCEPTION ABOUT LEADERS

METHODOLOGY

(Figures in %)

POLITICAL AWARENESS
Can you recall who is the Vice President of India?
  Correctly recalled Wrongly recalled
Overall 48 52
Metro 40 60
Non Metro 56 44
Rural 48 52
Sex    
Male 48 52
Female 48 52

Do you know the minimum required age for contesting Lok Sabha Elections?
  Correct Response Wrong Rresponse
Overall 57 43
Metro 55 45
Non Metro 59 41
Rural 56 44
Sex    
Male 58 42
Female 55 45

What is the minimum required age to be registered as a voter?
  Correctly Recalled Wrongly Recalled
Overall 90 10
Metro 94 6
Non Metro 88 12
Rural 88 12
Sex    
Male 89 11
Female 90 10

INTEREST IN POLITICS

Do you discuss politics with your friends / relatives?
  Yes No
Overall 59 41
Metro 67 33
Non Metro 55 45
Rural 54 46
Sex    
Male 65 35
Female 52 48

Are you interested in entering Politics?
  Yes No
Overall 29 71
Metro 25 75
Non Metro 35 65
Rural 27 73
Sex    
Male 31 69
Female 26 74

Why are you not interested in entering politics?
Not interested in politics 40
Political parties are corrupt 12
Political parties do not have good policies and programmes 12
No future in politics 9
Do not have money to enter politics 3
Communalisation of political parties 3

Are you member of any political party?
  Yes No
Overall 6 94
Metro 7 93
Non Metro 9 91
Rural 2 97
Sex    
Male 8 92
Female 4 96

Are you a registered voter?
  Yes No
Overall 80 20
Metro 71 29
Non Metro 84 16
Rural 84 16
Sex    
Male 83 17
Female 77 23

Have you ever voted in previous assembly / Lok Sabha elections?
  Yes No
Overall 64 36
Metro 57 43
Non Metro 58 42
Rural 76 24
Sex    
Male 67 33
Female 60 40

Why have you not voted in the past?
Not a voter 67
Out of town 19
My vote will not make difference 8
Did not like party/candidate 6

Will you vote in the current Lok Sabha elections?
  Yes No
Overall 78 22
Metro 63 37
Non Metro 84 16
Rural 85 15
Sex    
Male 81 19
Female 74 26

What is your criteria / reason for voting a particular party?
Image of leader 35
Image of party 24
Development agenda of party 13
Economic agenda of party 7

Why are you not going to vote?
Not registered as voter 33
Not interested in politics 17
My vote will not make any difference 14
Corruption of leaders 8

ISSUES AND CONCERNS
What do you think is the most important issue bothering the youth (18-24 yrs) of the country?
Unemployment 64
Educational Facilities 11
Corruption 5
Price rise 4
Poverty 2

What do you think is the most important issue which the country needs to address?
Unemployment 36
Corruption 15
Poverty 9
Faster Development 7
Peace and harmony 5
Population Control 3
Better Education Facilities 3

Do you think quality of life is better?
  Better Same Worse
Overall 33 27 32
Metro 46 21 30
Non Metro 33 28 30
Rural 21 34 37
Sex    
Male 32 27 34
Female 35 29 29

ATTITUDES AND PERCEPTION
ABOUT POLITICS/LEADERS / POLITICAL PARTIES
PERCEPTION ABOUT PARTIES
In your opinion are political parties serious about future of the country?
  Yes No
Overall 31 69
Metro 25 75
Non Metro 31 69
Rural 38 62
Sex    
Male 34 66
Female 29 71

What is your perception about political parties?
Corrupt 22
Parties are not interested in development 7
No good leader in parties 4
Parties have no principals 4
Party’s work for development 4
Good for democracy 4
Power hungry 3
Create communal divide 3
Poor public contact 2

PERCEPTION ABOUT LEADERS
Do you think there are many old leaders in all political parties in India?
  Yes No
Overall 81 19
Metro 84 16
Non Metro 82 18
Rural 77 23
Sex    
Male 80 20
Female 82 18

Are you put off by old leaders leading political parties in India?
Overall 52 48
Metro 52 48
Non Metro 58 42
Rural 46 54
Sex    
Male 54 46
Female 50 50

How do you react to corruption by political leaders?
  Shocked Indifferent No Alternative
Overall 34 34 32
Metro 30 30 40
Non Metro 35 37 28
Rural 37 35 28
Sex    
Male 35 32 33
Female 32 37 31

Do you feel let down by the political leaders in the country?
  Yes No
Overall 75 25
Metro 74 26
Non Metro 75 25
Rural 76 24
Sex    
Male 74 26
Female 74 24

What is your perception about political leaders?
Corrupt 33
Guardians of the country 7
Not interested in development 7
All leaders are bad 4
Lack of public contact 2
Power hungry 2

Do you think the outcome of this Lok Sabha election will make any difference to your life?
  Yes No
Overall 49 51
Metro 42 58
Non Metro 48 52
Rural 57 43

METHODOLOGY
The survey covered 902 voters in the age group of 18-25 years spread across 10 cities and 12 villages in the country. The field work for the survey was conducted on April 22, 23 and 24. Some of the cities and towns covered in the survey are as follows:
Metro: Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Bangalore
Towns: Kanpur, Surat, Patna, Bhopal, Vijaywada, Salem

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