BENGALURU: A state-wide survey by the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) in Karnataka ahead of the Lok Sabha polls show government’s performance in the areas of drinking water, jobs and healthcare facilities is below average.
The Karnataka Survey 2018 shows that Drinking Water (50.42%), Better Employment Opportunities (39.75%), and Better Hospitals/Primary Healthcare Centres (32.86%) are the top three voters’ priorities in overall Karnataka. The performance of the government on all top three voters’ priorities of Drinking Water (2.11 on a scale of 5), Better Employment Opportunities (2.53), and Better Hospitals/Primary Healthcare Centres (2.45) was rated as Below Average, the ADR said in a press release.
The ADR commissioned, according to its press release, perhaps the largest ever Voter Survey in any country. The survey was conducted between October 2018 and December 2018, prior to the General Elections to the Lok Sabha 2019. It covered 534 Lok Sabha constituencies with 2,73,487 voters participating in this exercise spread among various demographics. The three main objectives of this survey were to identify the following: (i) voters’ priorities on specific governance issues, (ii) voters’ ratings of the government’s performance on those issues, and (iii) factors affecting voting behaviour.
Focusing on Karnataka, this report provides an analysis of 10 most important governance issues as rated by the voters of Karnataka (out of the 31 listed in the questionnaire). These voters’ priorities are further examined in relation to the performance of the Government on those issues as perceived by the respondents. A three-level scale of GOOD, AVERAGE and BAD was used, where GOOD was given weightage equal to 5, Average was weighted 3 and BAD was weighted as 1. The survey covered approximately 14,000 respondents across all 28 parliamentary constituencies of Karnataka.
Some highlights of the finds are:
- In rural Karnataka, top most voters’ priorities were Drinking Water (49%), Availability of Water for Agriculture (44%), and Higher Price Realization for Farm Products (41%).
- The performance of the government on rural voters’ priorities of Drinking Water (2.10 on a scale of 5), Availability of Water for Agriculture (1.90), Higher Price Realization for Farm Products (2.12) was rated as Below Average.
- In addition, the government has performed poorly on Agriculture Subsidy for Seeds/Fertilisers (1.91) and Agricultural Loan Availability (2.12).
- For the urban voters in Karnataka, the top most priorities were Drinking Water (52%), Better Employment Opportunities (43%), and Better Hospitals/ Primary Healthcare Centres (38%).
- The performance of the government on urban voters’ priorities of Drinking Water (2.12 on a scale of 5), Better Employment Opportunities (2.15), Better Hospitals/ Primary Healthcare Centres (2.07) was rated as Below Average.
- In addition, the government has performed poorly on providing Better Roads (1.81) and Electricity for Domestic Use (2.08).
Karnataka – Rural & Urban Breakup of Voters’ Priorities and Government’s Performance
Top 3 Voters’ Priorities and the Performance of Government in Karnataka – Overall and Rural & Urban
Top 3 overall Voters’ Priorities and Government’s Performance Ranking