87 pc Indians support Jan Lokpal: STAR News-Nielsen survey

Anna Hazare and his team’s battle to end graft has found grass-root support across the country, according to a Star News-Nielsen survey of 8,900 people conducted nationwide, with a staggering 87 per cent of respondents saying that they support the Jan Lokpal proposed by the 74-year-old Gandhian – which demands a powerful Lokpal with sweeping powers to investigate cases of corruption against the politicians, the bureaucracy and the judiciary – over the one tabled by the Government in the Parliament earlier this month.

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Aug 17, 2011 9:41 AM
87 pc Indians support Jan Lokpal: STAR News-Nielsen survey

Anna Hazare and his team’s battle to end graft has found grass-root support across the country, according to a Star News-Nielsen survey of 8,900 people conducted nationwide, with a staggering 87 per cent of respondents saying that they support the Jan Lokpal proposed by the 74-year-old Gandhian – which demands a powerful Lokpal with sweeping powers to investigate cases of corruption against the politicians, the bureaucracy and the judiciary – over the one tabled by the Government in the Parliament earlier this month.

A massive 84 per cent and 85 per cent, respectively support that the Prime Minister and the higher judiciary should be brought under the Lokpal. The Government has kept both out of the Lokpal Bill it has tabled in Parliament.

On being asked about Anna’s plan to sit on dharna from Tuesday, August 16, 2011, 82 per cent respondents said that the Delhi Police was acting on Central Government’s direction in making it tough for Team Anna. As is known, amid high drama, Delhi Police took Anna into custody on August 16 before he could proceed to the fast venue. He was later lodged in Tihar Jail but freed late at night. However, Anna has refused to step out of jail unless he is released unconditionally and allowed to go ahead with his fast at the JP Maidan venue in Delhi.

The survey – conducted in 28 cities across the country, including all four metros – mainly deals with three important points: public’s knowledge about the Lokpal Bill; awareness about Anna’s campaign; and the perceived problems with the Jan Lokpal Bill.

The survey shows that Anna’s campaign has fired the public’s imagination, with a mammoth 95 per cent of respondents saying that they know about Anna’s movement, while 88 per cent said they are aware about the team constituted by government, which included Team Anna as well. To add to the landslide-like numbers above, just a shade below three-fourth of the respondents (71 per cent) said that they know all the details about the Jan Lokpal Bill.

The awareness is significantly higher in the Northern zone (83 per cent), while in Southern India (58 per cent) less than 70 per cent of the respondents were aware of the Lokpal Bill. An interesting point noted here: People living in metros were marginally less aware (67 per cent) of the Bill than those in mini metros (72 per cent) and Tier I (74 per cent) cities.

When it comes to effectiveness, the civil society’s Jan Lopkpal Bill wins hands down. Around 87 per cent of those surveyed believe that Team Anna’s bill — stressing for an all-pervasive Lokpal which would have the prime minister and judiciary in its ambit — would be more effective when it comes to tackling corruption.

Around 85 per cent people respondents said they know about the differences that cropped up between Team Anna and the Government over the draft of the Bill.

The survey was done on a sample size of 8,900 out of which 8889 responded.
 

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