How popular are Modi, Rahul, Kejriwal? Latest survey results...

PM Modi has completed two years in office but is he still popular?  

How popular are Modi, Rahul, Kejriwal? Latest survey results...

New Delhi: While the 'NaMo wave' that propelled Narendra Modi to 7, Race Course Road is still going strong, Congress is also slowly regaining lost ground, a new survey has found.

Key highlights of a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center:

Narendra Modi

  • 81% Indians have a favourable view of PM Modi, including 57% who have a very favourable opinion
  • 87% of Indians had responded favourable to Modi in 2015.
  • PM Modi is popular across demographic groups. 
  • 65% are satisfied with the way things are going in their country with 80% believing that economy is doing well. Only 55% had the same views in 2014.
  • Even 24% of Congress backers have a very positive opinion about Modi.
  • Support for Modi is spread across rural and urban areas of the country.
  • Interestingly, Modi's overall public support is higher than people’s opinions of his specific character attributes. 
  • 56% of the respondents believe Modi is “someone who cares about people like me.”
  • 51% believes that the Prime Minister is someone who stands up for what he believes - 28% disagree
  • Only 51% of Indians view PM Modi as someone who is able to get things done - 33% says he cannot accomplish things. 
  • 49% of Indians say Modi brings people together, while 29% believe he is divisive.
  • 62% Indians approve of Modi government's efforts to tackle unemployment, the same percentage of people also approve of his efforts to help the poor.
  • A total of 61% Indians are satisfied with Modi’s handling of terrorism and 59% believe that he has worked to tackle corruption.
  • 68% Indians feel India plays a more important role in the world today compared with 10 years ago. However, only 22% approve Modi's approach towards Pakistan.
  • In line with Modi's ratings, BJP's popularity is also down from 87% in 2015 to 80% in 2016. The party's bastions like Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra have seen a dip in favourable ratings.

Rahul Gandhi

  • The popularity ratings of Rahul Gandhi has seen some improvement from the lows of 2014. 
  • 63% of Indian see him in a favourable light, unchanged from last year but up from 50% in 2013. 
  • 85% of Congress party supporters view their leader positively, 52% of those backing BJP also hold a similar view about Rahul Gandhi.
  • Sonia Gandhi is also viewed favorably by 65% of Indians. The figure was 58% in 2015 and 49% in 2013.
  • The Congress' favourable ratings have also seen a marginal jump from 61% recorded in 2015.

Arvind Kejriwal

  • Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is viewed favorably by 50% of Indians, down from 60% in 2015. 
  • The Aam Aadmi Party's approval ratings are also down and its favourability is declining. 
  • Only 47% of respondents have voiced a positive assessment of the AAP, down from 58% in 2015. 
  • The highest rating that AAP has managed is in Delhi at 57%.

The survey was conducted in May and the results were declared yesterday.