New Delhi, May 13 (IANS): The Arvind Kejriwal government’s performance on the top three voter priorities of traffic congestion, water and air pollution and better employment opportunities in Delhi was below average, said an Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) survey released on Monday.
The survey asked around 3,500 voters in all the seven Lok Sabha seats of the national capital about their priorities and voting pattern.
The urban voters cited traffic congestion (49.67 per cent), air and water pollution (44.52 per cent) and better employment opportunities (43.07 per cent) as their top priorities, said the ADR in its NCT of Delhi Survey Report 2018.
However, the Kejriwal government’s performance on the top three voter priorities on a scale of 5 was below average — traffic congestion (2.27), water and air pollution (2.29) and better employment opportunities (2.29).
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government also performed poorly on empowerment of women and security (1.85) and noise pollution (2.27) in urban Delhi.
The top priorities for the rural voters in the national capital were higher price realisation for farm products (56 per cent), better employment opportunities (52 per cent) and electricity for agriculture (44 per cent).
The voters said the government’s performance was below average and rated the work done for higher price realisation for farm products at 2.12 on a scale of 5, for better employment opportunities at 2.17 and for electricity for agriculture at 2.25.
The survey also said that 94 per cent of the voters in the national capital were aware that distribution of cash, gifts was illegal.
“Ninety seven per cent of the voters felt that candidates with criminal background should not be in Parliament or the state Assembly,” it said, adding that only 32 per cent voters knew that they could get information on the criminal records of the candidates.
The survey revealed that 37 per cent people voted for candidates with criminal backgrounds because they were unaware of their criminal records.
“Caste and religious considerations were also factors for 35 per cent of voters in choosing candidates with criminal backgrounds,” it said.
“Other important factors in voting for criminal candidates were the candidate was powerful (35 per cent), cases against the candidate were not of serious nature (35 per cent) and candidate otherwise did good work (32 per cent).”
The ADR voter survey, conducted between October and December 2018, covered 534 Lok Sabha constituencies with 2,73,487 voters participating in the exercise.