New Delhi Nov 4: The bitter power struggle within the ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh has not at all affected the popularity of the young Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
The snap poll conducted by ABP News suggests that 31 percent respondents wanted Akhilesh Yadav as the next chief minister of UP. The second popular leader for the top post in the state was BSP supremo Mayawati while BJP's Yogi Adityanath was the third choice. Mayawati got a nod from 27 percent respondents and Adityanath got a yes from 24 percent respondents.
Congress as per the poll doesn't seem to have made the right choice for the chief ministerial candidate by naming Shiela Dikshit. The former Delhi chief minister was the choice of only two percent respondents. Mulayam Singh and Keshav Prasad Maurya also got support of only two percent respondents.
Other interesting result from the poll is that 30 percent respondents believe that image of Mulayam Singh Yadav has suffered duo to the family feud. 16 percent of those who voted for the poll believed that Akhilesh's image has also suffered as he sacked his uncle and minister Shivpal Singh Yadav. Of all who voted 43 percent people believed that the family drama had dented the public image of both Mulayam and Akhilesh.
Around 39 percent voters said that BJP will benefit from the family drama while 29 percent believed that the infighting in SP has given BSP a golden chance to make a comeback in UP after five years. Only three percent respondents believed that the SP infighting will help Congress Party in the state.
When the respondents were asked their opinion on whether Akhilesh should break away from Samajwadi Party or not, 55 percent voters said he should not break away from SP. Only 19 percent voters were of the opinion that Akhilesh should start his new party.
66 percent of those who took part in the poll also were of the opinion that Mulayam Singh Yadav still is the SP supremo. Of all the voters 14 percent wanted Amar Singh to stay in the party while nine percent wanted him to lead SP.
When the voters were asked who was causing the problem in SP, 43 percent said that it was Shivpal Singh Yadav who was behind the fight. 15 percent believed that Akhilesh's view that Amar Singh is the reason behind the issue was the reason for the conflict within SP. Only three percent believed that Ram Gopal Yadav was the causing the problem in the party.