AIADMK-led front has advantage over DMK alliance: Survey

An election survey conducted by Outlook weekly has said that the AIADMK-led front has an advantage over ruling DMK-led alliance in the coming Tamil Nadu assembly elections.

Last Updated: Mar 04, 2011, 20:05 PM IST

New Delhi: An election survey conducted by
Outlook weekly has said that the AIADMK-led front has an
advantage over ruling DMK-led alliance in the coming Tamil
Nadu assembly elections.

Fifty-four per cent of the respondents of the survey
felt that the AIADMK alliance will be voted to power while
only 34 per cent gave their approval for a DMK-led formation,
the weekly said in a release.

The poll also showed that 86.1 percent of the
respondents were of the view that corruption like the 2G
spectrum scam had damaged Tamil Nadu`s reputation.

"The spectrum scam and price rise are twin factors
that have hit the image of the ruling DMK front. A majority
(71.9 per cent) felt that corruption charges will adversely
affect the prospects of the DMK alliance," the survey said.

72.5 per cent thought price rise will be the key issue
in the elections, it said.

According to the survey, 78.1 per cent of those
surveyed thought that Karunanidhi family and the DMK have been
tainted by the 2G scam while 73 per cent believed in the
allegation that the DMK patriarch`s family benefited from the
scam.

"In contrast, 37.9 per cent of those polled felt
AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa was cleaner and less corrupt than
Karunanidhi who got only 18.8 per cent support on this count,"
the survey said.

A majority of 60.1 per cent thought it "inadvisable"
for the Congress to ally with DMK.

The Outlook-MDRA poll was conducted in Chennai,
Coimbatore, Madurai, Salem and Trichy between February 26 and
28 and 626 people were surveyed.

PTI