Mar 12, 2014 at 12:00am IST

30 per cent farmers to vote for BJP, 17 per cent prefer Congress in LS polls: survey

New Delhi: With the crucial Lok Sabha elections just a month away, political parties are leaving no stone unturned to woo farmers as their support will play a very pivotal role in the polls.

As all political parties claim that their focus is on farmer-centric politics, Lokniti-CSDS finds out the views of farmers through a survey. The survey was conducted on 11,000 farmers across 18 states to know their preference on whom they wanted to see as the new Prime Minister of the nation which ranks second worldwide in farm output.

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While 30 per cent of the surveyed farmers said that they would vote for Bharatiya Janata Party in the forthcoming polls, 17 per cent reposed their faith in Congress. However, a notable 31 per cent of the farmers said that they were yet to decide on their choice of party.

30 per cent farmers to vote for BJP, 17 per cent prefer Congress in LS polls: survey

According to Lokniti-CSDS, a notable 31 per cent of the farmers said that they were yet to decide on their choice of party.

Here are the survey findings

Only 10 per cent of the farmers surveyed feel they are poor and that small farmers have benifitted from the government policies

47 per cent of the farmers surveyed felt that their overall condition was bad

85 per cent of farmers had heard of UPA's flagship programme, MNREGA. However, 51 per cent of them didn't get work under it

70 per cent of the farmers surveyed had not heard about the direct cash transfer scheme

Only 27 per cent of the farmers surveyed had heard about the Land Acquisition Law, but 57 per cent of them felt they will lose from it

76 per cent family members of farming community prefer to do some other work for their livlihood

Only 24 per cent youngsters surveyed are interested in farming

Aa many as 60 per cent farmers surveyed said they want their children to settle in cities

51 per cent of farmers surveyed do not have access to electricity for farming

Survey findings showing farmers supporting political parties of their choice

16 per cent of the farmers polled believe BJP cares for them

13 per cent of farmers see Congress as their benefactor

Only 1 per cent named the Left

But 57 per cent remain undecided on which political party really cares for them

Survey findings on who the farmers are likely to vote for

30 per cent of the farmers polled say they will vote for the BJP

17 per cent of the farmers are reposing their faith in the Congress

Only 2 per cent say they will vote for the Left

But once again a huge 31 per cent remain undecided

Issues of farmers

16 per cent of the farmers polled see price rise as their biggest issue

6 per cent of the farmers think unemployment as a major issue

6 per cent of the farmers polled say irrigation remains a big issue

4 per cent of farmers see corruption as the big issue

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