Asianet News Mood of the Voters survey: Yogi Adityanath's report card
The Mood of the Voters survey, conducted by Asianet News Network along with Jan ki Baat, examined areas where Yogi Adityanath and his government fared well and where the chief minister could see the Opposition gaining the upper hand.
The Asianet News Mood of the Voters survey has revealed interesting insights into the mind of the electorate seven months before Uttar Pradesh casts votes to elect a new state government.
The survey, conducted by Asianet News Network along with Jan ki Baat, examined areas where Yogi Adityanath and his government fared well and where the chief minister could see the Opposition gaining the upper hand.
Let us first examine what has worked for Yogi Adityanath in his four-and-half year tenure.
Over 70 per cent of the people surveyed praised the Yogi government for the way law and order had improved across the state. Another 20 per cent of the people were happy with the way the public distribution system had been improved. Among other things, quite a few of the respondents also acknowledged how Yogi Adityanath had managed to get foreign companies to invest and set up shop in the state.
Now, let us examine where the Uttar Pradesh government led by Yogi Adityanath really falters.
The Asianet News Mood of the Voters survey revealed that 45 per cent of the people were unhappy with the increasing prices of daily household items. Another issue that people raised was corruption (25%).
At the same time, people also highlighted how corruption under the present Uttar Pradesh government was much lesser than what was witnessed during the Samajwadi Party government.
While 48 per cent of the people said corruption was rampant under Akhilesh Yadav's chief ministership, only 28 per cent felt the same during Yogi Adityanath's tenure. Another 24 per cent felt that the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party government was the least corrupt of the three administrations.
In Yogi Adityanath's case, while his image as chief minister is clean, the team of officers implementing his schemes do not get that benefit. The narrative in general among those surveyed was that 'Yogi is honest, but officers are corrupt'.
Meanwhile, the other issues where the Yogi Adityanath government has been found wanting is road development (20%) and electricity (10%).
A deep dive into region-wise data suggests that 58 per cent of the people in the Kanpur-Bundelkhand belt complained of rising inflation and criticised the government's ability to control prices. People in the region also lamented the lack of employment opportunities in the region.
In the Goraksh region, from where the chief minister himself hails from, 34 per cent of people complained about corruption while 28 per cent were upset about inflation and 23 per cent raised the issue of lack of employment.
Interestingly, corruption is virtually a non-existent issue in three out of the six regions of the state. This includes western Uttar Pradesh, Awadh and Kanpur-Bundelkhand.
There are still seven months to go before the first round of polling begins to elect a new state assembly. Can Yogi Adityanath improve upon his governance by then?