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New Delhi, Nov 16: Nearly nine in 10 Indians (88 per cent) hold a favourable view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and hence, the support for him remains strong, an American think tank called Pew Research said on Wednesday (November 15). “This includes 69% who express a very favorable opinion,” the research centre said. The think tank also notes that support for Narendra Modi had dipped in the year 2016 but it has recovered 12 percentage points in 2017 and now rivals that immediately after his election. No other major political figure in India approaches Modi’s level of public support,” it said.
Pew said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is very popular among men and women and among adults in both rural and urban areas. “Young Indians, those ages 18 to 29, show the slightly greater intensity of support than their elders, ages 50 and older. Perhaps not surprisingly, BJP supporters are more intense in their backing for their leader than are Congress party adherents.”
Even though no other leader, it says, enjoys the kind of support PM Modi has, a majority of adults hold a favourable opinion of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and his mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Indians’ support for both the leaders was up in 2013 but came down a few points in 2016. “Support for both Congress party leaders…is down 5 points for Rahul and 8 points for Sonia since 2016,” it said, adding, “Slightly less than half of BJP supporters voice a favorable view of Rahul (46%) and Sonia (45%).” It notes that both the Congress leaders are, however, very popular in rural areas.
In the leaders being favourable, PM Narendra Modi at 88 per cent is 30 per cent ahead of Rahul Gandhi, 31 per cent ahead of Sonia Gandhi and 49 per cent ahead of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who had enjoyed widespread support in 2015 as he championed an anti-corruption agenda, according to the survey which was conducted between February 21 and March 10 this year. Kejriwal is down 11 points since 2016 and 21 points since 2015.
In another report, Pew said that PM Narendra Modi remains by far the most popular figure in Indian politics. Despite demonetisation, Indians approve of Modi and are satisfied with “both the country’s direction and the state of its economy have grown in recent years.”
“Nearly nine-in-ten Indians hold a favorable opinion of Modi, comparable to their view of him in 2015, after a year in office,” it said.
“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…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,” Pew added.