PM Narendra Modi pips Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal, tops popularity chart

Modi remains “by far” the most popular figure in Indian politics, the Pew Research Center, an American think tank, has said.

Published: 16th November 2017 08:29 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th November 2017 09:15 AM   |  A+A-

PM Modi. | PTI File Photo

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi remains “by far” the most popular figure in Indian politics, the Pew Research Center, an American think tank, has said, releasing the findings of its latest survey conducted among 2,464 respondents in India.

Modi at 88 per cent is 30 points ahead of Congress scion Rahul Gandhi (58%), 31 points ahead of Congress president Sonia Gandhi (57%) and 49 points ahead of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal (39%), said the survey conducted between February 21 and March 10, 2017.

Pew said the public’s “positive assessment” of Modi is buoyed by “growing contentment” with the Indian economy: More than eight-in-ten say economic conditions are “good”, up 19 percentage points since immediately before the 2014 election. The share of adults who say the economy is “very good” (30%) has tripled in the past three years, it added.

The BJP on Thursday latched onto the Pew survey to proclaim that the popularity of Modi is on the rise. Party chief Amit Shah and other leaders shared the findings of the survey on social media to trumpet that Modi’s handling of several key issues had people’s endorsement.

Shah quoted the research to note that Modi’s popularity had gone up by seven per cent since 2016 to touch 88 per cent in 2017. The research said the popularity of Rahul Gandhi had gone down by five per cent to 58 per cent.

Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Ravi Shankar Prasad also shared the findings of the survey to assert that the PM’s popularity was unabated.

BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya tweeted that the survey had given the party 84 per cent popular approval. The survey noted that majority of the respondents had a favourable opinion of the PM. 

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