Lalu Prasad Yadav is happier than Raj Thackeray, say Indians

One of the delightful revelations of the survey was the emergence of Lalu Prasad Yadav as the top role model of happiness among all Indian politicians.

When it comes to winning public polls, politicians never cease to shock. The trend continues in the findings of a one-of-its-kind nationwide survey conducted by global research agency Synovate for Complete Wellbeing magazine.

The survey was conducted by global market research company Synovate for Complete Wellbeing magazine to identify India’s role models of health and happiness across entertainment, business, sports and politics. Men and women between 25-45 years of age across eight metros were asked to name their role models from these fields. No booth capturing, no chance of buying votes, the results of this poll are as authentic as they can get.

India voted heavily for Sonia Gandhi [23%] making her the number one role model of health. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh secured 19% votes to become role model number two. Rahul Gandhi got 18% to secure the third place.

Probably a shocking revelation, but the man India has marked 4th is Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. He has to his credit a considerable 17% votes, only a percentage lower than Rahul Gandhi. Noteworthy is the fact that Modi is the only individual in the entire survey to have garnered the maximum vote from one city in any category. The people of Ahmedabad have given him a thumping support with 81%.

When it comes to happiness, with 33% votes, Lalu Prasad Yadav’s image seems to bring smiles to a lot of Indian faces. He tops the list by far indicating that people of India think he is happiest among all politicians.

One of the delightful revelations of the survey was the emergence of Lalu Prasad Yadav as the top role model of happiness among all Indian politicians. When informed about the survey findings, he said, “I thank the people for choosing me as the happiest politician in the country.” Asked why, did he think, so many people voted for him, he said, “Because I am always jolly. Happiness has come to me genetically.”

Interestingly, Raj Thackeray is perceived as much more grim – he is way behind Lalu at number four with only 10% votes. What’s even more interesting is that Mumbai also favoured Lalu over Raj.

On the whole for India, age doesn’t seem to be a factor in choosing the role model of health and happiness among politicians. Barring Rahul Gandhi and Raj Thackeray, all of the top ten heroes are over 60 years old.

The findings of the Complete Wellbeing-Synovate survey for Health and Happiness promise to shatter all misconceptions and break all stereotypes. The details are published in the December 2008 issue of Complete Wellbeing, out on stands, now.

About Complete Wellbeing:

Complete Wellbeing, published online and as a monthly magazine, brings out the various connections between our tangible and intangible aspects. Since wellbeing is such a critical subject, it is important to provide knowledge that is not only revealing, but also credible. Complete Wellbeing relies only on experts. These experts are usually highly experienced and qualified in their area of specialization and therefore know their subjects better than most. The two-year old magazine has received critical acclaim from readers, health professionals and publishing experts. The magazine is distributed by The India Today group and is available in 120 cities and towns across India.

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