Recently we saw a poll on a TV channel which gives the UPA a majority if elections are held today. (Let us not get into the media being owned by Congress thingy here). It may look incredible at first look as to how this government can be voted back when it has been exposed of so many scams as well as rising food prices. I decided to have a look at the economic growth rates during the NDA rule 1999-2004 and the current UPA 1 & 2. I kind of get the answer to my question. Growth rate during NDA rule year ending 2000-2004 2000 5.5 2001 6.0 2002 4.3 2003 4.3 2004 8.3 Average of 5.68% UPA-1 2005 6.2 2006 8.4 2007 9.2 2008 9.0 2009 7.4 2009 being a recession year the rate dropped. Still an average of 8.04% The forecast for 2010-11 is about 8.5% or drop to 8% because of global uncertainties as well as inflation. Still its a healthy growth. So the point is, people at large have benefited vastly during the rule of UPA in terms of economic growth. Personally I too have seen growth in my business. Now it can be that the UPA was in power at the right time when India was picking up, but then the one in the seat takes the claim. On the other hand, the corruption charges that have come up have not personally effected the masses at large. Rural folks probably dont know or dont care about this. Urban folks will shout from top of their voice but will surely bribe the cop when he gets caught for violating traffic rule. Price rise is another issue, but i think the economic growth has to a certain offset that. Anyways the high food prices is a global phenomenon and the other thing is that high food prices have helped farmers earn more so they are more than happy. The issues that the opposition has been targeting the government does not affect "aam aadmi" that it effects his vote. So this may be the reason why in spite of all the corruption scandals, Annas and Babas notwithstanding, UPA looks like winning and election, if it was held today.