Asian Age

In a voter perception survey of over 20,000 respondents across 288 assembly constituencies in Maharashtra conducted jointly by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Daksh, an NGO, the average performance rating of legislators from the state, as perceived by voters, was 5.28 on a scale of 10, while the average importance of issues, according to voters, was 7.52 on a scale of 10.

The survey was conducted in September and included the respondents’ demographic information, along with their ratings on the relative importance of issues in the run-up to the elections.

According to the survey, voters felt that trustworthiness of a candidate was more important than his/her caste or religion. They were more concerned about law and order than corruption and inflation. To identify voters’ priorities in terms of governance issues, a list of 35 items was given to them where they were asked to rate issues based on their importance.

Respondents said that the trustworthiness of candidates was top priority, followed by the party, its chief ministerial candidate, his/her caste or religion and lastly, the freebies he/she was offering.

“The larger purpose of this survey was to highlight voter priorities so that they are reflected in the election agenda and manifestos of political parties. Also, electoral debates are on voter issues rather than agendas imposed by parties. We hope that the manifestos of the future government will reflect these voter priorities,” said Sharad Kumar, state coordinator of ADR.

© Association for Democratic Reforms
Privacy And Terms Of Use
Donation Payment Method