Even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his government’s spin-masters window-dress the UPA-II’s fourth and last performance report, prior to the next general elections, to be released on Wednesday, two distinct country-wide opinion polls gave both the PM and the United Progressive Alliance the thumbs down.
What could be worrying for UPA-II and the PM is that both opinion polls —conducted by ABP News-Nielsen and CNN-IBN — have revealed a similar ‘voter fatigue’ with the current government led by Singh.
While the ABP News-Nielsen nationwide survey, gave the UPA a mere 136 Lok Sabha seats as against the opposition NDA’s 206 (if elections take place now), the multi-city poll conducted by CNN-IBN found that the UPA had lost its credibility and the PM no longer enjoyed the confidence of the urban voter — his niche vote-bank.
It may be noted that the UPA-II came back to power in 2009 with a significant swing of urban votes in its favour. But now the Prime Minister’s stakes seem to be down with only 13 per cent of those polled from urban India voting in his favour, the CNN-IBN polls show.
Singh’s loss seems to be Gujarat CM Narendra Modi’s gain. As much as 38 per cent of those polled by the CNN-IBN gave the thumbs up to Modi and what is perceived to be his decisive way of governance. As for Rahul Gandhi, he’s a tad better than Singh but comes a distant second to Modi, with 14 per cent favouring him.