The Lok Sabha election in a few months is set to see a massive 130 million first-time voters go to the polls. The stakes are already high for the National Democratic Alliance that seeks to secure five more years and a seemingly united Opposition that seeks to dislodge the ruling BJP and its allies at any cost.
To get a better idea of how young first-time voters — people aged 18 to 21 — perceive of the forthcoming election, YouGov India and Firstpost conducted a nationwide survey between 5 and 16 December, 2018. There was a total of 1,332 respondents, from a panel of over 40,000, who answered questions ranging from politics and jobs, to religion and the media. The findings are being serialised in four sections:
The third part of the section titled 'Jobs and Economy' examines the differing views of respondents from Tier 1, 2 and 3 cities.
When asked how easy it was to find a job in India, 11 percent of respondents from Tier 3 cities said it was extremely easy, while 20 percent of those from Tier 1 cities said it was extremely difficult. While respondents from all three tiers of cities cited the lack of job opportunities to be the biggest impediment to finding a job, the second biggest impediment in Tier 1 and 3 cities was low pay scales, while in Tier 2 cities, the poor quality of education was stated as the second biggest impediment.
In terms of whether or not there should be caste-based reservation in government jobs and education, 30 percent of Tier 3 city residents supported the idea, while 70 percent of respondents from Tier 2 cities opposed it.
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Updated Date: Mar 14, 2019 13:31:10 IST