OTV-Nielsen Poll: 69% say Naveen best suitable to be next CM

Bhubaneswar: Long years in power have not yet taken the shine off chief minister Naveen Patnaik. According to the OTV-Nielsen Opinion Poll 2013, which was telecast on Thursday, Teflon-coated Naveen still remains the tallest political leader in Odisha. Naveen’s popularity is still not on the wane even after stepping into an uninterrupted 14th year as CM.

Naveen, as per the OTV-Nielsen Opinion Poll, does any face any potent challenge from the Congress and BJP to become the next chief minister of Odisha. According to the poll, 69% respondents rate chief minister Naveen Patnaik as the best suitable leader to become the next chief minister of Odisha. While 9% respondents favour Niranjan Patnaik to become the next CM, former BJP state president Jual Oram has received support from 4% respondents.

As per the opinion poll, the three biggest achievements of Naveen Patnaik’s government are: Providing rice@ Rs 2/kg (35%), improvement of roads (23%) and availability of clean drinking water (18%). The three biggest failures of Naveen Patnaik’s government are: Corruption (28%), increased unemployment (15%) and Maoist/Naxalite problem (14%).

As per the opinion poll, some areas improved, some deteriorated and some remained the same over the last four years. Transport facility (72%) and availability of drinking water (67%) are the areas which witnessed improvement in last four years. Maoist/Naxalite problem (39%) and corruption (34%) are the areas which deteriorated in last four years. According to the poll, government administration (54%) and corruption (48%) are areas which have remained the same in last four years.

Asked whether the state Opposition parties have not been effective in highlighting the failures of the state government, almost majority (49%) of the respondents said that the Opposition has been ineffective in highlighting the failures of the state government.

OTV commissioned Nielsen, a leading market research agency, to conduct fieldwork for this opinion poll from a sample size of 4196, covering as many as 42 Assembly constituencies in Odisha covering 2954 male respondents and 1251 female respondents. Among the 4196 respondents, 3663 were from rural areas while 491 were from urban areas.