channel Aaj Tak has scored another first by launching an
all India live-online opinion poll.
The first poll begun on 29 April has had over one and half
lakh respondents answering the question being simultaneously
debated in Parliament - 'Should Narendra Modi resign?' The
fully automated poll has no human intervention. The poll
is novel in terms of technological convergence as it can
be accessed through the net, via SMS and through a landline.
According to the channel, this is the biggest ever on-line
opinion poll conducted in the country, which tries to ascertain
the opinion of Aaj Tak viewers on issues of direct relevance
to them. The first poll received an overwhelming response
from netizens as well as mobile phone users and people using
their landlines to register their vote, the channel claims.
The poll will close at the same time as the debate in the
Lok Sabha on Gujarat comes to an end. Till 6 pm, over 1,67,000
voters cast their votes and there was not much of a gap
between those in favour and those against Modi resigning.
At 6 pm, 45 per cent of voters wanted Modi to resign as
opposed to 55 per cent who favoured his continuance.
Aaj Tak says it will use this reach to try and ascertain
the opinions of its viewers on issues that are being hotly
debated in the country. This poll covers that section of
population that has access to a telephone line, mobile phone
or has a net connection. Consequently, 'Aaj Ka Saval' is
certain to become a valuable barometer to gauge the public
mood, it claims. Responses have come in from not just metropolitan
cities but from Amritsar, Bhavnagar, Raipur and 85 other
cities in the country, it says.
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