Delhi Exit Polls: Not Just the Poor, AAP Leads Even Among Richest
AAP has a 21.3 percentage point lead over BJP among Delhi’s richest voters, shows ABP-CVoter Exit Poll
Every exit poll for the Delhi Assembly Elections has predicted another term for Arvind Kejriwal as the chief minister and a victory for the Aam Aadmi Party.
There are differences on the extent of the victory though, with the India Today-Axis My India poll putting AAP in the 59-68 range and BJP between 2-11 seats while the Times Now-Ipsos poll has predicted 47 seats for AAP and 23 for BJP.
Most polls, however, seem to be pointing to AAP winning at least a two-thirds majority in the 70 member Delhi Assembly.
Such a massive victory would mean that AAP’s support cuts across caste and community lines. The CVoter survey gives an interesting bit of data in this contest.
AAP has a massive lead over BJP among Delhi’s poorest voters, which is only to be expected given its pro-poor and populist policies. But it has an even bigger lead over BJP among the National Capital’s richest voters.
According to the CVoter Exit poll, AAP has a 21.3 percentage point lead over BJP among voters who earn more than Rs 1 lakh per month.
AAP had a 17.9 percentage points lead among the poorest segment of voters - those who earn less than Rs 3000 per month, 13.9 points among those who earn between Rs 3000-6000, 15.8 points among the Rs 6000-10,000 bracket and 17.9 points among the Rs 10,000 to 20,000 bracket.
The BJP closed the gap in the middle income bracket. AAP’s lead is just 6.9 percentage points in the Rs 20,000 to Rs 50,000 bracket and 4.3 percentage points in the Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh bracket.
The most surprising aspect, of course, is AAP’s lead among Delhi’s richest voters. This is counter-intuitive as AAP is often criticised by higher income sections for allegedly creating a culture of freebies.
It is not clear why this section may have decided to consolidate behind AAP. Some say that it could be a reaction to the Budget. Others say it could a reaction to the absence of a constructive campaign from the BJP on one hand and AAP’s performance oriented campaign on the other.
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