Despite note ban, Narendra Modi remains overwhelmingly popular: Pew research

Such high ratings are unusual for political leaders three years into office in south Asia, where governments are more often voted out than retained as people become frustrated with broken campaign promises.

By: Reuters | New Delhi | Published: November 16, 2017 11:42 am
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Nearly nine out of 10 Indians hold a favourable opinion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and more than two-thirds are satisfied with the direction he is taking the country, a Pew survey has found, two years before he heads into a general election. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition won the biggest parliamentary majority in three decades in a 2014 election and the poll by the U.S.-based research centre showed that his personal ratings remain high. Critics have accused hardline Hindu groups linked to the ruling coalition of promoting a partisan agenda, including targeting minority Muslims, since he came to power.

They have also blamed Modi for slowing economic growth and for failing to generate the hundreds of thousands of jobs needed for young people joining the workforce each month. But the Pew poll found that 88 per cent of Indians held a favourable view of Modi, a shade higher than the 87 per cent who gave him a thumbs-up in 2015, a year after he swept to power promising to transform India into a high-growth economy.

Such high ratings are unusual for political leaders three years into office in south Asia, where governments are more often voted out than retained as people become frustrated with broken campaign promises. Modi’s favourable rating is 31 percentage points higher than that of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the leader of the main opposition Congress party, and is 30 points more than that for her son and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who is expected to take over the party leadership.

“Three years into Modi’s five-year tenure, the honeymoon period for his administration may be over but the public’s love affair with current conditions in India is even more intense,” Pew said in comments on its findings. The survey was conducted in February and March, a few months after Modi withdrew most high-value bank notes in a shock move aimed at illegal wealth, but which put millions of people in difficulty as cash was sucked out of the economy. Modi defended the measure as an attack on the rich hiding their wealth from the taxman and said gains would come to the poor.

Economic growth eased to a three-year low in the June quarter and experts said part of the reason was that the withdrawal of most of the currency had hurt consumer demand in a largely cash-driven economy. A poorly implemented goods-and-services tax that went into effect in July has further unsettled small businesses, many of which are part of the bedrock of the BJP’s political base.

But the poll found that more than 80 percent of those surveyed said economic conditions were good, up 19 percentage points since just before the 2014 election. “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.

The next general election is due in 2019. But several states are voting for new assemblies over the next few months including Modi’s home state of Gujarat.

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  1. K
    Nov 18, 2017 at 7:39 am
    Paid and Fixed Research .BJP sirf marketing karna janthi hai..Unne marketing industry mai hona chaiye.. ko govt challana nahi atha hai..Ram janne kithna aur jooth boolege..
    1. K
      Nov 16, 2017 at 10:09 pm
      95 percent popular in south - LoL ! , this itself shows the truth behind this research ! , by such non sense research it is evident that modi's popularity have taken a big blow after his tuglak decisions and now the liars show their work , lying to their best giving build ups using jumla reports! , irony is , their trousers today are getting teared away in guj itself , LoL !
      1. K
        Nov 16, 2017 at 11:28 pm
        Tughlaq Road in Delhi can now be replaced with Modi's name , reincarnation of Tughlaq is none other than Modi ! LoL !
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        Shaikh Mohammad
        Nov 16, 2017 at 8:16 pm
        Sick minds are obsessed with him.
        1. R
          Raj V
          Nov 16, 2017 at 8:12 pm
          As long as poor are bene ed, Modi's flag will be high.
          1. A
            Nov 16, 2017 at 8:04 pm
            yes so what feku was popular as number 1 criminal of the world now he will become popular as chad-di chaiwala uneducated fake degree holder leader who will completely destroy india till 2019, manila jayenga America jayenga na jae kaha kaha jayenga ye chaiwala india ko barbaad karke jayenga.
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