Channi; praying for a win.

Channi; praying for a win.

Channi pips big guns to emerge as most popular CM candidate in Punjab

52% in Punjab feel Capt's new party will hurt Congress; voters not happy with govt

Agency Report | New Delhi | 12 November, 2021 | 11:00 PM

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi of the Congress is way ahead now in the contest for Punjab elections in 2022, as per the ABP-CVoter-IANS 5-State Snap Poll. Channi, Punjab's first Dalit CM, is now the most preferred CM candidate with 30.9 per cent votes, as per the snap poll.

The five-state snap poll was conducted with a sample size of 107193 across 690 seats with a margin of error of +/- 3% to +/- 5%

Channi’s positive show is also a reason that Congress is making a comeback in Punjab although Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) still leads the race there.

Channi is followed by Kejriwal at 20.8 per cent, Sukhbir Badal of Akali Dal at 16.1 per cent, and Bhagwant Mann of AAP at 13.0 per cent. Former CM Amarinder Singh is at 7.5 per cent while Navjot Singh Sidhu ranks last at 4.7 per cent.

In Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is going strong as the preferred CM candidate at 41.4 per cent, while Samjawadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav is gaining with 31.4 per cent. BSP chief Mayawati is at 15.6 per cent and Priyanka Gandhi at 4.9 per cent.

In Uttarakhand, while Harish Rawat of the Congress remains the most popular at 31.5 per cent, his popularity has come down sharply in the last one month. Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami is catching up with Rawat at 27.7 per cent. Anil Baluni of the BJP is at 18.3 per cent, and Ajay Kothiyal of AAP at 8.8 per cent.

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant is by far the most popular in the state at 30.4 per cent, way ahead of the AAP, which has not yet named its candidate, at 19 per cent. Vishwajit Rane of the BJP is at 15.3 per cent.

Of the five states going to the polls in 2022, Punjab has the least satisfied voters at 56.4 per cent in terms of their state governments performance.

Punjab is followed by the BJP-ruled states of Uttarakhand (41.2 per cent), Manipur (39.3 per cent), Uttar Pradesh (29.7 per cent) and Goa (17.4 per cent).

On the other hand, voters in Uttar Pradesh are the most satisfied with their current government of the five states at 44.8 per cent.

Both Manipur and Goa have most satisfied voters at 34.1 per cent, followed by Uttarakhand and Punjab at 33 and 12.7 per cent, respectively.

A total of 42.5 per cent of the surveyed voters in Goa have gone with the ‘satisfied to some extent’ category, followed by 26.6 per cent voters in Manipur, 24.5 per cent in Uttarakhand, 22.1 per cent in Uttar Pradesh and 20 per cent in Punjab.

As many as 10.9 per cent of the voters in Punjab have gone with the option of ‘can’t say’. Similarly, 5.7 per cent in Goa, 3.3 per cent in Uttar Pradesh, 1.3 per cent in Uttarakhand have followed Punjab’s suit.

Zero per cent of the surveyed masses in Manipur have gone with the neutral option.

The five-state snap poll was conducted with a sample size of 107193 across 690 seats with a margin of error of +/- 3% to +/- 5%

Out of the total surveyed people in Punjab, 52.1 per cent think that the new party of ex-Chief Minister Amarinder Singh will hurt the Congress.

The survey found that 52.1 per cent think the new party will hurt the Congress, while 47.9 per cent said it will not damage the grand old party in Punjab.

On the question of declaring a CM candidate by the Aam Admi Party in poll-bound Punjab, 77.3 per cent said that AAP should declare the candidate, while 22.7 per cent said ‘no’.

A total of 34.6 per cent of the respondents said that an alliance between the BJP and Amarinder Singh will benefit the saffron party, while 65.4 felt otherwise.

On the rift between Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Navjot Singh Sidhu, 62.2 per cent of the respondents said it will hurt the Congress, while 37.8 per cent said ‘no’.

The survey found unemployment to be the biggest issue in the upcoming elections in Punjab. A total of 38.3 per cent people found unemployment as the biggest issue, followed by the ongoing farmers’ protest at 38.1 per cent.

The drug menace is the biggest issue for 12.7 per cent respondents, while 3.4 per cent chose terrorism as the vital issue in the upcoming elections.

The five-state snap poll was conducted with a sample size of 1,07,193 across 690 seats with a margin of error of +/- 3 per cent to +/- 5 per cent. (IANS)