TN polls: AIADMK to win 164 seats; Naam Tamizhar to do better than BJP, says survey
Chennai, May 10: The ruling AIADMK is set to sweep the May 16 election in Tamil Nadu by scoring a mammoth 164, according to an opinion poll conducted by Tamil news channel Puthiya Thalaimurai and APT.
The survey predicted the DMK a distant second with 66 seats while others would get just four seats.
In terms of vote-share, the AIADMK is likely to pocket 38.58 per cent of the votes while the DMK may get 32.11 per cent. The DMDK-PWF-TMC alliance may get 8.55 per cent while the PMK and BJP may get 4.47 and 1.96 per cent votes. [TN polls: Know the parties and numbers]
The survey, which was conducted on 4,999 people across Tamil Nadu between April 18 and May 4, was telecast on Monday (May 9).
According to the survey, 51.68 per cent of the people interviewed did not want to give another chance to the AIADMK, 42.67 per cent backed it.
AIADMK supremo and incumbent Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa also beat DMK chief and former chief minister M Karunanidhi as the most preferred CM candidate with 39.66 per cent vote. Karunanidhi got 31.89 per cent.
Actor-politician and DMDK chief Vijaykanth was backed by 8.59 per cent votes while PMK's Anbumani Ramadoss was favoured by just over five per cent of votes. Naam Thamizhar convenor Seeman was backed by 2.4 per cent people as the CM while his party was predicted to get 2.12 per cent of vote share, which is more than the BJP.
On the question of the DMDK-PWF-TMC alliance which is being seen as a third front in this election, only 20.87 per cent people felt it was a strong combine while 69.37 per cent felt it was not.
The survey also predicted that the AIADMk would do better than the arch-rival, DMK, in all regions of the state andage group of 51-65. Over 44 per cent of the people in the age bracket of 51-65 supported the AIADMK while the DMK found favour among those aged above 65 with nearly 40 per cent of the people of that age group supporting it.
The survey predicted the PMK to get more than 15 per cent votes in the northern region, which is its stronghold.