New Delhi, Aug 29 (IBNS) New Delhi, Aug 29 (IBNS) West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee retains her position as a favourite as the next CM as well despite facing criticism for several issues, said a "mid-term poll survey" by NDTV.
63% of respondents voted overwhelmingly in favour of Mamata, while former CM and Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI-M] leader Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee got 37% votes.
But there was a huge warning sign for Mamata as CM, said the NDTV survey.
Only 14% respondents found her government 'better than expected', while 44% found it 'as expected' and 42% found it 'worse than expected'.
Voting for the infamous Park Street rape case, 52% said Mamata should apologize to the victim while 48% votes against it.
The poll was carried out in 125 constituencies spread over 18 states (these account for over 20% of the 543 Lok Sabha seats).
Pertinently, the West Bengal government is under pressure with a number of rape cases being reported from across the state, the most infamous of them being the Park Street rape case.
The 37-year-old mother of two, belonging to the Anglo-Indian community, had said that she was sexually assaulted at gunpoint inside a moving car after she was given a lift in the vehicle from Park Street on the Feb 5-6 night.
However, Mamata had said that a billowing controversy over the rape and alleged police insensitivity to the incident was a conspiracy fabricated to malign her government.