Skip to main content

Modi's honeymoon? 52% BJP backers view Gandhis favourably, 40% don't think he is unifying force: Pew

By Our Representative
US' Pew Research Centre, claiming to be “a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world”, in its latest survey has found that at the end of two years of his tenure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi “continues to ride a wave of public good feeling about the way things are going in India.”
Even as admitting that Modi's popularity is “down slightly from 2015” (from 87% in 2015 to 81% in 2016), its survey report says, “About two-thirds of the Indian public is satisfied with the direction of the country and eight-in-ten think the economy is doing well.”
Titled “India and Modi: The Honeymoon Continues”, the report, available online, says, while Modi's BJP remains popular, “Two-thirds of the public sees the Indian National Congress party in a favorable light and accords two of the leaders of that party – Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi – similarly strong favourable ratings.”
Thus, if 58% of those surveyed said in 2015 that they viewed Sonia Gandhi “favourably”, this has gone up to 65% in 2016. As for Rahul Gandhi, if the survey is to be believed, he has slightly improved his position in one year, from 62 to 63 per cent.
The report underlines, and this is interesting, “Notably, roughly half of BJP supporters voice a favourable view of the Gandhis (both 52%) and a majority has a favorable view of Congress (56%).” It adds, “Roughly half of the public sees the Aam Aadmi Party (47%) and Arvind Kejriwal, the party’s national convenor (50%), favorably.”
Suggesting that 40% of BJP supporters do not consider Modi as a unifying figure, the report says, “Views of Modi’s performance are increasingly partisan as the divide grows between how BJP supporters and Indian National Congress adherents judge his achievements.”
Thus, it underlines, “When it comes to views of his leadership, roughly six-in-ten Indians who identify with the BJP see Modi as a unifying figure who stands up for what he believes and gets things done. Only about four-in-ten Congress adherents agree.”
Yet, the report says, “A growing number of Indians, roughly two-thirds (65%), are satisfied with the way things are going in their country”, with the satisfaction level going up by 9 % since 2015 and 29% points since 2014.”
“About six-in-ten (62%) Indians approve of Modi’s handling of unemployment”, the report says, adding, “About six-in-ten overall (61%) approve of Modi’s handling of terrorism... A roughly comparable segment of the Indian public as a whole (59%) voices support for Modi’s handling of corruption.”
Based on face-to-face interviews with 2,464 respondents in 16 states, conducted under the direction of Princeton Survey Research Associates International in April-May 2016, the survey report says, “Eight-in-ten Indians believe their economy is doing well, up 16 points since 2014”, even as admitting there is a deep regional divide.
Ironically, when the BJP's grip in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, going to the polls early next year, is reportedly at stake, the report claims, “People in the northern states of Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh express the most satisfaction (71%) with the direction of the country.”
But the report admits, 58% of North Indians don't think the economy is doing well. “Roughly four- in-ten living in the north say the economy is doing very well (42%), while people living in the western states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh (26%) and in the south (30%) are less likely than those in the north to believe the economy is performing very well.”

Comments

Anonymous said…
hypothetic
Anup Swain said…
R done with Ass Licking of gandihains..then go and Cuck up....
Anonymous said…
stupid assessment , have no meaning in indian politics
Anonymous said…
'Two-thirds of the public sees the Indian National Congress party in a favorable light and accords two of the leaders of that party – Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi – similarly strong favourable ratings."
Which two-thirds of indian public would that be .. the ones that laugh at Rahul gandhi speeches?? Dumbass report who dont understand anything about indian political scene.

TRENDING

Gujarat refusal to observe Maulana Azad's birthday as Education Day 'discriminatory'

By Our Representative
The Gujarat government decision not to celebrate the National Education Day on !monday has gone controversial. Civil society organizations have particularly wondered whether the state government is shying away from the occasion, especially against the backdrop of "deteriorating" level of education in Gujarat.

Rushdie, Pamuk, 260 writers tell Modi: Aatish episode casts chill on public discourse

Counterview Desk
As many as 260 writers, journalists, artists, academics and activists across the world, including Salman Rushdie, British Indian novelist, Orhan Pamuk, Turkish novelist and recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in literature, and Margaret Atwood, Canadian poet and novelist, have called upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review the decision to strip British Indian writer Aatish Taseer of his overseas Indian citizenship.

Visually challenged lady seeks appointment with Gujarat CM, is 'unofficially' detained

By Pankti Jog*
It was a usual noon of November 10. I got a phone call on our Right to Information (RTI) helpline No 9924085000 from Ranjanben of Khambhat, narrating her “disgraceful” experience after she had requested for an appointment with Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani. She wanted to meet Rupani, on tour of the Khambhat area in Central Gujarat as part of his Janvikas Jumbesh (Campaign for Development).

Violent 'Ajodhya' campaign in 1840s after British captured Kabul, destroyed Jama Masjid

Counterview Desk  Irfan Ahmad, professor at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen, Germany, and author of “Islamism and Democracy in India” (Princeton University Press, 2009), short-listed for the 2011 International Convention of Asian Scholars Book Prize for the best study in Social Sciences, in his "initial thoughts" on the Supreme Court judgment on the Babri-Jam Janmaboomi dispute has said, while order was “lawful”, it was also “awful.”

There may have been Buddhist stupa at Babri site during Gupta period: Archeologist

By Rajiv Shah
A top-notch archeologist, Prof Supriya Varma, who served as an observer during the excavation of the Babri Masjid site in early 2000s along with another archeologist, Jaya Menon, has controversially stated that not only was there "no temple under the Babri Masjid”, if one goes “beyond” the 12th century to 4th to 6th century, i.e. the Gupta period, “there seems to be a Buddhist stupa.”

VHP doesn't represent all Hindus, Sunni Waqf Board all Muslims: NAPM on SC ruling

Counterview Desk
India's top civil rights network, National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), even as describing the Supreme Court's Ayodhya judgement unjust, has said, it is an "assault on the secular fabric of the Constitution". In a statement signed by top social workers and activists, NAPM said, "The judgement conveys an impression to Muslims that, despite being equal citizens of the country, their rights are not equal before the law."

Would those charged for illegally demolishing Babri now manage a new Ram temple?

By Fr Cedric Prakash sj*
The long-awaited verdict on the contentious issue of the disputed land in Ayodhya was finally delivered by the Supreme Court on November 9, 2019. The judgement has come after a 70-year-old conflict filled with acrimony, divisiveness, hate and violence between sections of the Hindus and Muslims of the country. At the core of the issue was the Ram Mandir – Babri Masjid dispute: was there a temple on the place where the Masjid was built? To whom should the land be given to?