Thursday, 16 November 2017

Narendra Modi remains 'by far'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi remains "by far" the most popular figure in Indian

politics, the Pew said today, releasing the main findings of its latest survey conducted

among 2,464 respondents in India.

Modi at 88 per cent is 30 points ahead of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (58 per cent),

31 points ahead of Congress president Sonia Gandhi (57 per cent) and 49 points ahead

of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (39 per cent), said the survey conducted

between February 21 and March 10 this year.

Pew said the public's "positive assessment" of Modi is buoyed by "growing

contentment" with the Indian economy: more than eight-in- ten say economic

conditions are "good", up 19 percentage points since immediately before the 2014


The share of adults who say the economy is "very good" (30 per cent) has tripled in

the past three years, it added.


Overall, seven-in- ten Indians are now "satisfied" with the way things are going in the

country. This positive assessment of India’s direction has nearly doubled since 2014,

Pew said.

According to Pew, at least nine-in- ten Indians in the southern states of Andhra

Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Telangana and in the western states of

Maharashtra, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh hold a favorable view of the prime minister.

The same is true for more than eight-in- ten in the eastern states of Bihar, Jharkhand,

Odisha and West Bengal and the northern states of Delhi, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh,

Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

"Since 2015, Modi's popularity is relatively unchanged in the north, has risen in the

west and the south, and is down slightly in the east," it said.

Notably, the survey reflects a 21 percentage points drop in favorable view of America

among Indians from 70 per cent in 2015 to just 49 per cent in 2017.

Only 40 per cent express confidence in President Donald Trump to do the right thing

regarding world affairs, down 34 points from their faith in his predecessor Barack

Obama in 2015.

Same is the case with China, whose favorability rating among Indians have dropped

from 41 per cent in 2015 to 26 per cent in 2017. The survey was conducted before the

Doklam crisis.

According to Pew Survey, despite periodic outbreaks of religious violence, relatively

few Indians see communal relations as a very big problem.


"Similarly, despite Prime Minister Modi’s decision last November to abolish high-

value bank notes, less than half of the Indian population sees the lack of availability of

cash to be a major problem," it said.

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