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What's on voters' mind? Here's what a CVoter poll says

​Except for the weeks after the Pulwama attack and the Balakot bombing 12 days later, unmployment has consistently topped opinion polls as the biggest concern of voters, as per the poll.

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Updated: Apr 21, 2019, 06.22 AM IST
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Both the BJP and PM Modi undoubtedly received a popularity boost from the so-called Balakot bump, as per the poll.
By Rukmini S

There was a sharp spike in NDA government’s popularity after an air strike in Balakot. But that nationalistic wave in favour of BJP seems to have subsided, shows a daily tracking poll by CVoter.

Unemployment vs Terror
Except for the weeks after the Pulwama attack and the Balakot bombing 12 days later, unmployment has consistently topped opinion polls as the biggest concern of voters. That order was restored by mid-March and concerns over national security have fallen now to pre-Pulwama levels. But from being the least important issue at the start of 2019, national security has now made a lasting mark on the minds of voters and stays above concerns over corruption, family income, basic amenities and rising prices.

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Modi vs Rahul
Those who have heard about the Balakot air strike prefer Modi substantially as the next PM over his opponent Rahul Gandhi of the Congress

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Satisfaction with BJP & Modi
Both the BJP and PM Modi undoubtedly received a popularity boost from the so-called Balakot bump. But the spike has started to slide
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India’s biggest issues are...
There is a deep regional divide here — the southern states do not appear to care much about threat from Pakistan as an election issue as compared to economic and local issues

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(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this column are that of the writer. The facts and opinions expressed here do not reflect the views of www.economictimes.com.)
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