If India's general elections were to be held today, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would likely win a landslide victory, according to the results of a new poll by Pew Research Center.
Sixty-three percent of respondents said they would prefer the Hindu-nationalist BJP to lead the next government, compared with 19 percent who preferred the Indian National Congress (INC), which heads the current governing coalition – a reflection of a widespread desire for a change in leadership. Other parties have the support of 12 percent of the public, while the remainder of survey participants were undecided.
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The survey – conducted between December 7, 2013 and January 12, 2014 – interviewed 2,464 randomly selected adults in states and territories that are home to 90 percent of the Indian population.