Voters More Worried About Jobs Than Security: Survey
Unemployment reached its highest in 45 years, and the size of India’s male workforce has reduced for the first time since 1993-94, the NSSO data revealed.
Unemployment remains the leading concern for people, and they are five times more worried about economic issues than security, a survey said.
The C-Voter survey comes a day before the fourth phase of elections where 943 candidates are contesting from 71 constituencies in eight states—Bihar (5), Jharkhand (3), Madhya Pradesh (6), Maharashtra (17), Odisha (6), Rajasthan (13), Uttar Pradesh (13), and West Bengal (8).
Almost three out of the 10 respondents identified unemployment as their main concern, while 57.04 per cent felt economic issues were one of the major problems in the country.
In a sample of 11,672 people, 11.74 per cent expressed security concerns as their main worry.
Unemployment has remained the top issue, even before the polling process began. But, in mid-March, concerns about security issues came almost at par with economic problems.
The poll tracker, in the first week of March, had shown that terror attacks overtook unemployment as the top issue for voters. On March, 26.12 per cent of respondents identified terror attacks as their main concern while 21.74 per cent had said unemployment was what they were concerned about.
The concerns about security have gradually come down as unemployment poses a different set of challenges. On April 27th, there was a difference of 45.3 percentage points between economic and security issues with the balance tilting heavily in favour of the former.
Another survey by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), which sought answers from 2.73 lakh respondents, found that better employment opportunities, better healthcare facilities and provision of drinking water are the top priorities of voters.
The report said that 76 per cent of adults find the lack of employment opportunities as a very big problem; 73 per cent believe that it’s the increasing prices of everyday commodities; two-thirds of them think it’s the corruption, crime and terrorism.
Unemployment reached its highest in 45 years, data from National Sample Survey Office’s periodic labour force survey 2017-18 said. It also reportedly found that the size of India’s male workforce has reduced for the first time since 1993-94.