New Delhi: If general elections were to be held now, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will leave behind the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) by miles, finds ABP News-Nielsen survey conducted this month in 28 cities across the country. Watch: Huge win for NDA predicted if polls held now l Modi suitable for PM's post: Survey
Only 22% of the respondents intend to vote for the UPA while a massive 39% would vote for the NDA. It is important to note here that in all past ABP News-Nielsen surveys last year, BJP and NDA have shown consistent growth through out.
Even on party front, 36% of respondents in the survey are intending to vote for BJP, if the Lok Sabha elections are held now, whereas only 18% will vote for Sonia Gandhi-led Congress party.
The survey was conducted across 28 cities with close to 9,000 respondents and it found that 39 per cent of respondents are intending to vote for the NDA if the elections are held now. Only 22 per cent of respondents are intending to vote for the UPA.
It may be noted that the survey was done before the appointment of Rahul Gandhi as Congress vice president and Nitin Gadkari's resignation as BJP president.
The BJP-led NDA comprises of Shiv Sena, Akali Dal, Janata Dal (United) and others, while the Congress-led UPA comprises of NCP, DMK, National Conference and Muslim League.
If we look back, 34 per cent of the respondents voted for BJP in the 2009 general election whereas 25 per cent trusted the Congress then.
Manmohan Singh in trouble, gets poor ratings
Around 36 per cent of the respondents have given poor or very poor ratings to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
19 per cent at an overall level believe that Manmohan Singh's performance as the Prime Minister is very poor while 17 per cent term it poor. 20 per cent of the respondents call PM's performance as good.
Manmohan's performance in his second term is considered to be average by 36 per cent of the respondents. Around 35 per cent term UPA's performance in the last four years as average.
Sampling and methodology for ABP News-Nielsen survey:
The survey was carried out between the period of January 10, 2013 to January 17, 2013. Total 8842 respondents were surveyed. The target respondent was male/female who is an eligible voter with age 18 years & above and their name registered in the voter's list.
In Northern India, the survey was conducted in eight cities. The cities are: Delhi, Ludhiana, Jaipur, Lucknow, Agra, Chandigarh, Allahabad and Patiala.
In Southern India, the survey was conducted in six cities. The cities are: Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kochi, Madurai and Vijayawada.
In Eastern India, the survey was conducted in five cities. The cities are: Kolkata, Jamshedpur, Patna, Bhubaneswar and Guwahati.
In Western India, the survey was conducted in nine cities. The cities are: Indore, Mumbai, Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Pune, Raipur, Kolhapur, Nagpur and Aurangabad.