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Voters depend on others` opinion to choose candidate: Survey

Last Updated: Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 09:49

New Delhi: Though casting vote is an individual`s decision, around one-third voters depend on opinion of others while deciding whom to vote for, a survey conducted by Election Commission has found.

A baseline survey of Knowledge, Attitude, Behaviour, Belief and Practices (KABBP) mandated by the Election Commission during May and June this year, was conducted to understand perceptions and reasons of non-participation of registered voters in the election process.

As many as 4,736 respondents of 25 Assembly constituencies from various strata including women and minorities were selected for the survey.

The survey revealed that 35 percent respondents see voting as their right, while 19 percent feel that it is their duty and for 32 percent it is a combination of their right and duty.

As high as 84 percent have trust on the electronic voting machines (EVM), 4 percent express anxiety about EVM, while the rest have no view in the issue. Moreover, 69 percent expressed that EVM with paper trail will increase their trust in EVM anymore.

More than two-third of respondents said they watch television for news related to politics and election during election.

The survey also revealed that there is low registration among the young voters, women and migrants.


First Published: Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 09:49
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