Pew survey a testimony to Modi's rule, popularity: Amit Shah

Narendra ModiPIB India

Narendra ModiPIB India

Almost nine in 10 Indians (88 per cent) hold a favourable view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and hence, the support for him remains strong, an American think tank called Pew Research said on Wednesday (November 15).

Pew said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is very popular among men and women and among adults in both rural and urban areas.

Incidentally, Kerala was not part of the survey which was conducted between February 21 and March 10, 2017.

More than three years since he stormed to power, almost nine in 10 Indians hold a favourable opinion of him, a new survey by Washington-based think-tank Pew Research Centre shows.

Their satisfaction stems from their belief that the Indian economy is in better shape than before when it was under the leadership of the Gandhis and the Congress party, a survey by Pew Research Center revealed on Wednesday. The same is true for more than eight-in-ten in the eastern states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal and the northern states of Delhi, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

The BJP on Thursday latched onto an worldwide survey report to proclaim that the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi continued to rise.

Support for Prime Minister Modi is a partisan affair.

In the aftermath of PM Modi's decision to demonetise higher currency left the economy battered and bruised.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Pew survey a testimony to Modi's rule, popularity: Amit Shah

"The public is also quite satisfied (79%) with the way their democracy is now working", the survey says.

India, which was ranked 142nd when the Narendra Modi government took office in 2014 and 130th last year, is the only large country this year to have achieved such a significant shift on the back of reforms in taxation, construction permits, investor protection and bankruptcy resolution.

"Young Indians, those aged 18 to 29, show slightly greater intensity of support (for Modi) than their elders, ages 50 and older", the note said, adding "no other major political figure in India approaches Modi's level of public support".

Around 9 out of 10 Indians southern states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and western states like Maharashtra, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh still have a favorable view towards PM Modi.

According to Pew, PM Modi's and BJP are still more popular than the Congress party and Gandhi family.

About half of Indian adults hold a favorable view of the United States, down 21 percentage points since 2015. Indians in rural areas (63%) are more supportive of Congress than those in cities (51%). "Perhaps not surprisingly, BJP supporters are more intense in their backing for their leader than are Congress party adherents".

"BJP supporters have a more positive opinion on the economy than Congress supporters".

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