A photo of a survey results purportedly published by ‘Aaj Tak’ news channel is being shared on social media claiming that the Aaj Tak’s latest ‘Mood of the Nation’ poll, conducted after the Bharat Jodo Yatra, shows an emerging trend of Rahul Gandhi’s increasing popularity among the people of the country. The purported Aaj Tak survey poll result shows Rahul Gandhi leading the popularity survey poll with 52% and Narendra Modi in the second position with 46%. Let’s verify the claim made in the post.
Claim: Results of Aaj Tak’s latest survey that was conducted after the Bharat Jodo Yatra that shows Rahul Gandhi is popular than Modi.
Fact: The Aaj Tak survey result photo shared in the post is an edited one. The image shared in the post compares the results of two different survey poll questions asked as part of Aaj Tak’s ‘Mood of the Nation survey held in 2019. Aaj Tak through a tweet clarified it as a photoshopped image and said that they had not conducted any such survey. Hence, the claim made in the post is FALSE.
When searched to find the details of the photo using keywords on the internet, we found that the survey poll photo is related to Aaj Tak’s ‘Mood of the Nation’ poll, telecast in January 2019. Aaj Tak conducted this survey in view of the 2019 General Elections. For a survey poll question, “Who is PM Narendra Modi’s best alternative among the opposition leaders?”, Aaj Tak’s ‘Mood of the Nation’ survey poll results revealed that 52% of voters think Rahul Gandhi is the best alternative to PM Narendra Modi among the opposition leaders. This poll was conducted among Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee, Akhilesh Yadav, Aravind Kejriwal and Mayawati. One could see those visuals from 19:54 minutes of the video.
For another survey question, “Who will be the next Prime Minister?”, Narendra Modi received the highest 46% of votes. Whereas Rahul Gandhi received 34% of the votes in this survey poll results. One could see these visuals from the 7:56 minutes of the video. The image shared in the post compares the results of two different survey questions asked as part of Aaj Tak’s ‘Mood of the Nation’ survey held in 2019.
Lately, when the Indian National Congress Delhi tweeted this edited image on their official Twitter handle, Aaj Tak published a tweet clarifying it to be a photoshopped image. Aaj Tak said that they have not conducted any such survey and confirmed it as a fake image.
To sum it up, this purported Aaj Tak survey poll results in favour of Rahul Gandhi is an edited one.