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CNN-IBN and HT Opinion Poll: Narendra Modi emerges as India's preferred leader

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Nov 15, 2012 at 09:16am IST

New Delhi: The HT Leadership summit will kick off this weekend in New Delhi with a galaxy of leaders from the world and India. Building up to the Hindustan Times leadership summit, CNN-IBN, with Hindustan Times, brings you the CNN-IBN-Hindustan Times Opinion Poll on the leadership challenges in a situation of economic decline.

The CNN-IBN Hindustan Times survey shows widespread pessimism about the Indian economy. As the economy slows down, almost 60 per cent urban Indians say they do not feel that their jobs and incomes are secure anymore. As many as 55 per cent say the government has simply not done enough to manage the economic crisis.

With the winter session set to begin in a week and the opposition planning to isolate the government on FDI in retail, many say that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has simply not done enough to sell and communicate his reforms agenda to the public.

In spite of Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal's anti-corruption campaigns, the biggest leadership crisis for India remains corrupt politicians as 65 per cent say politicians are to blamed the most for corruption in the system.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi emerges as urban India's preferred leader and has got the highest ratings for the question as to which leader is best suited to steer India through the current crisis with 24 per cent per cent voting for him. But the Congress wins the vote on which party is best suited to steer the country through the current economic slump with 32 per cent preferring the Congress and 28 per cent opting for BJP.

When asked which way of fighting corruption was the best, 65 per cent people supported Anna Hazare, while activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal's allegations failed to impress with only 12 per cent supporting his way. Yoga guru Baba Ramdev got the support of 5 per cent people for his ways to fight corruption.

The poll comprises of two broad themes - the severe economic crisis hitting India and the world and whether governance and political leadership is being able to deal with the situation. Following are the details of the findings of the poll:

Q) Is your job or income secure?

- Only 35 per cent say that their job is secure

- A majority 58 per cent respondents are not sure whether their job is secure

- 7 per cent Can't say

Q) What is hurting your pocket?

- Increase in food prices: 63 per cent

- Increase in fuel prices: 23 per cent

- Increase in rent: 7 per cent

- Increase in gold prices: 7 per cent

Q) Do you think the government is doing enough to tide over the current economic crisis?

- Only 36 per cent are satisfied with the government's efforts

- A majority 55 per cent say the govt is not doing enough to tide over the current economic crisis

- 9 per cent Can't say

Q) Has the PM been able to sell his reforms agenda to you?

- 33 per cent say yes

- The PM has failed to sell his reforms agenda to 49 per cent of the respondents

- 18 per cent Can't say

Q) Who do you blame the most for corruption?

- 65 per cent respondents say politicians are to be blamed

- 19 per cent put the blame on themselves

- 9 per cent say bureaucracy is responsible for the corruption in India

- 3 per cent blame the business houses

Q) Which party is best-equipped to steer the country through the current economic slump?

- 28 per cent say BJP is best-quipped to steer the country through the economic slump

- 4 per cent put their trust on SP-Mamata-led third front

- An equal 4 per cent believe Congress-led UPA can steer India through the current economic slump

- 2 per cent trust the BJP-led NDA for the job

- 2 per cent vote for SP-Left-led third front

Q)Which leader is best-suited to steer India through the current crisis?

- 24 per cent put their trust in Narendra Modi

- 16 per cent say Manmohan Singh is best-suited to steer India through the current crisis

- 16 per cent vote for Sonia Gandhi

- 13 per cent say Rahul Gandhi is the best-suited leader for the job

- 5 per cent vote for Nitish Kumar

- Only 2 per cent say Mulayam Singh Yadav can steer India through the current crisis

Q) Whose approach to fighting corruption appeals to you the most?

- 65 per cent respondents support Anna Hazare's approach to fighting graft

- Only 12 per cent give a thumbs up to Arvind Kejriwal's approach

- 5 per cent support Baba Ramdev

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