In the state of Karnataka, a pre-poll survey conducted by a market research agency C-fore has given Congress an absolute majority with its opponents BJP and JD(S) struggling far behind.
The survey report, which has been put up on the agency’s website predicts 120 to 132 seats for Congress, well ahead of 113 seats for the absolute majority. A company representative said, that the survey was not conducted at the request of any political party and claimed that the exercise was part of its normal operations.
According to the findings of the survey, BJP is expected to win 60 to 72 seats while JD(S) is left far behind with 24 to 30 seats. The survey was conducted between July 19 and August 10 and covered 24,679 voters in 165 Assembly constituencies covering all the districts.
According to the report, Congress is expected to get 43 per cent of the vote share if polls are held now, much ahead of BJP at 32 per cent and JD(S) at 17 per cent.
Siddaramaiah enjoys the overwhelming support of the people of Karnataka as the most popular CM the state has seen in the recent past with 46 per cent voting him as the best.
B S Yeddyurappa of BJP and H D Kumaraswamy of JD(S) are nowhere near with scores of 27 per cent and 18 per cent, respectively.