New Delhi: While Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is the first choice for the Prime Ministerial post, newly appointed Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is being considered as the second one for the top post, said a survey report.

A survey conducted by India Today and ABP News-Nielsen stated that 36 percent of the population want to see Modi as the Prime Minister of India, whereas only 22 percent backed the Gandhi scion for the top post.

The survey further claimed that six percent people want veteran leader LK Advani to lead the nation, while five percent people voted in favour of Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj.

Sonia Gandhi is at fifth position with four percent of votes. Incumbent Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is also in the race. Four percent people want the economist PM to lead the nation once again.

Similarly, Mayawati is at seventh position with three percent respondents supporting her, while SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has been placed at the eighth position with two percent support. Bihar Chief Minister is at the ninth position with two percent in the list.

When electorate was given only two choices – Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi – 57 percent voters backed Modi, whereas 41 percent voted in favour of Rahul.

When asked, whom they want to see as the Prime Minister after Narendra Modi if BJP voted to power in 2014, 23 percent electorate favoured LK Advani.

In Congress, after Rahul and Sonia, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram is at the third position.

The survey also predicted that if early general elections are held, the NDA will get around 198-208 seats, whereas the UPA will win 158-168 seats. Other political parties will get 178-188 seats, the report said.

Another survey conducted by ABP News-Nielsen stated that if general elections are held now, 39 percent will vote for NDA and only 22 percent will give another term to the ruling UPA government.

The survey conducted in 28-cities from January 20 to 27, revealed that 36 percent people want BJP at the Centre in 2014 polls, whereas 18 percent came out in support of the Congress.

(JPN/Bureau)

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