India Today’s Political Stock Exchange (PSE) suvey predicts that the leader of opposition in Andhra Pradesh and YSRCP President YS Jaganmohan Reddy will be next Chief Minister of the state. Around 43 per cent of the respondents favoured him as the next chief minister, while only 38 per cent supporting incumbent N Chandrababu Naidu.
Incidentally, Andhra Pradesh is the first state among the states India Today conducting similar surveys, that leader of opposition is ahead of incumbent chief minister with regard to popularity.Ithe Survey also found that the state’s TDP government also appeared to be hanging precariously on the performance front, with 36 per cent of voters rating it bad and 33 per cent good. Jagan Mohan Reddy is now on state-wide padayatra and his yatra reached 262nd day today.
Surprisingly, though the Congress is not having having big stakes in the state politics, Congress president Rahul Gandhi surpassed Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the most preferred choice of AP voters for the top job at the centre. Around 44 per cent of respondents voted Gandhi as the next prime minister, compared to 38 per cent favouring Modi.
Probably, till now Andhra Pradesh is the only state where the popularity of Rahul Gandhi is surpassing Narendra Modi. Sanitation followed by agricultural problems, joblessness and price rise emerged as major issues for Andhra residents, according to the PSE survey with a sample size of 10,650.