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Nov 29, 2011 at 06:41pm IST

Right to recall must for Indian democracy: Poll

New Delhi: In the 'Democracy in India' section of the Hindustan Times-CNN-IBN survey, an overwhelming majority of people surveyed say India needs electoral reforms to strengthen its democracy (86%) while almost 81% back social activist Anna Hazare on his controversial right-to-recall campaign. Which also explains why an impressive 66% of the respondents rate the mainstream media's role during Hazare's campaign at Ramlila Maidan and elsewhere as 'positive'.

Again, while 65% don't mind an inaccessible leader provided s/he is honest, a noteworthy 19% of the respondents don't mind a leader with criminal antecedents if s/he gets the 'work done'. With politics - and of course, a large number of politicians - having lost their credibility after the recent civil society campaigns against them, more than 15% say they don't mind if the Indian Army runs the country. Will the sentiment grow with more scams?

The disdain for electoral politics and the matrix it creates also comes across strongly in the poll with almost 34% of the respondents saying they prefer a 'strong' leader who does not bother about winning an election. That also explains why 23% of the respondents prefer an 'expert' or 'professional' running the country instead of en elected leader.

For more on the survey and the issues it raises, watch the special series on CNN-IBN to be aired from Monday to Thursday at 10 pm.

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