WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the most popular figure in Indian politics. According to the American think tank, Pew Research Center findings of its latest survey conducted among 2,464 respondents in India.
As per the survey findings, Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 88 per cent is 30 points ahead of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (58 per cent) and 31 points ahead of Congress president Sonia Gandhi (57 per cent).
Interestingly Prime Minister Narendra Modi is 49 points ahead of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (39 per cent).
Pew said the public’s “positive assessment” of PM Modi is exhilarated by “growing contentment” with the Indian economy. Eight-in-ten say economic conditions are “good”.
The number of adults who think economy is “very good” (30 per cent) has tripled in the past three years.
With the way things are going in the country, Overall seven-in-ten Indians are “satisfied”. This positive assessment of India’s direction has nearly doubled since 2014, Pew said.
According to Pew findings , 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, consider PM Modi better than others.
“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.