Published On : Sat, Jan 7th, 2017

SP supporters back Akhilesh, split may benefit BJP, says poll

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav appears poised to retain the vast majority of his party’s voter support if the split with his father continues, but the move might just give the BJP the edge in UP, a Huffpost-CVoter snap poll suggests.

CVoter polled 5,623 Samajwadi Party supporters across all 403 assembly constituencies over January 3-5 from its database of over 50,000 respondents who have participated in its weekly tracker poll in Uttar Pradesh.

The poll found that 81.4 per cent of SP supporters said that they would vote for the party under Akhilesh in the event of a split, 5 per cent said they would go with Mulayam Singh Yadav and another 7.8 per cent said that they would move to another party.

Support for Akhilesh was stronger among younger people, men, the better off and the better educated and in the Avadh, Bundelkhand and Rohilkhand regions.