Karnataka polls: 67% voters prefer parties over CM face, says report

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BENGALURU: A survey conducted by the association of democratic reforms (ADR) and Daksh on voters, perception has revealed that despite a general thumbs up for chief minister Siddaramaiah’s populist scheme, the 2018 elections may very well be dependent on the caste and religion of the candidate.

In the report, ADR has found that as much as 37 per cent of the sample size consider religion as an important factor while 36 per cent believed that the caste of the candidate would reel-in their votes.

Further, the report also states that 42 per cent of the sample size considered chief ministerial aspirant as their deciding factor with 67 per cent of the respondents backing a candidate for their political party.

While the report may augment well for the BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa who is trying to consolidate the Lingayat votes despite the turbulence within the community over a minority tag and for H D Kumaraswamy who is trying to project himself as the most accessible chief minister, the report also shows that people were also quite happy with the populist schemes of Siddaramaiah.

As much as 79 per cent of the sample size surveyed have given a thumbs up for Siddaramaiah’s flagship scheme of Anna Bhagya in the state, with 64 per cent respondents happy with the Anila Bhagya (free gas connection) scheme of the government.

On the downside, two major schemes of Shaadi Bhagya and Indira Canteen were rejected by the people.

While 36 per cent of the respondents said they were unhappy with the Indira Canteen scheme, another 33 per cent said they were not availing the scheme benefits. Only 31 per cent expressed their happiness with it.

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