More than 55% of people satisfied with the work of the Center on various fronts
More than half of the people are satisfied with the work of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government on various fronts, a unique NDTV survey titled “Public Opinion” which examines nine years of PM Modi has shown. Despite Karnataka’s defeat, the prime minister’s popularity remains strong and the BJP’s vote share remains stable. More than 55% of those polled – among more than 7,000 people in 19 states and 71 Lok Sabha constituencies – said they were fully or partially satisfied with the government’s work over the past nine years.
17% of respondents said they were completely satisfied and 38% voted partially satisfied. 19% said they were slightly disappointed and 21% said they were totally disappointed with the work led by PM Modi. Five percent said they didn’t know.
Rahul Gandhi’s popularity has risen after his pan-Indian Bharat Jodo Yatra walk, according to the poll, in partnership with the Lokniti-Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), but he remains far behind the Prime Minister Modi.
People remain divided on the direction of law enforcement of the central investigative agency and the role of the Central Bureau of Investigation. 37% said the agencies worked in accordance with the law. Several opposition parties across the country have repeatedly claimed that the Center has armed these agencies to settle political scores. 32% of respondents agree with the accusation that agencies are used for political vendetta purposes. 31 percent said they had no opinion on the matter.
The survey, which included people from all social classes, was conducted between May 10 and May 19.
43% of poll participants, when asked who they would prefer as prime minister if elections were to be held today, chose Prime Minister Modi, while 27% voted for Rahul Gandhi. When asked to choose the parties they would vote for today, 39% chose the BJP, Congress got 29% of the vote and the rest 28%.
Other great leaders are far behind. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal both got 4% of the vote, Samajwadi party leader Akhilesh Yadav was chosen by 3% of respondents and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar n only got one percent of the vote.
Interestingly, Prime Minister Modi does not seem to face anti-incumbency even after two consecutive terms at the Centre. In 2019, he was the prime minister’s preferred choice for 44% of those polled and saw a drop of just 1% in 2023. Rahul Gandhi saw a 3% jump as favorite for the top job over the course of the same period – – from 24% in 2019 to 27% in 2023.
To a more pointed question about their opinion of the Prime Minister, 40% of respondents said they liked him, 23% said they did not like him, 25% remained ambivalent and 12% did not answer. A majority (25%) of those who said they liked the Prime Minister said they liked him for his eloquence, a fifth (20%) said because of the development work (vikaspurush), 13% said he was hard-working, and an equal percentage like him for his charisma, 11% are impressed with his politics, and 15% cited other reasons. Three percent did not respond.
On whom they see as a challenger to Prime Minister Modi in next year’s general election, Rahul Gandhi was the clear favourite, with 34% of votes for him, followed by Arvind Kejriwal, who was backed by 11% of respondents. Akhilesh Yadav won 5% of the vote, Mamata Banerjee 4% and a quarter (25%) chose other opposition leaders.
Asked what they think of Rahul Gandhi, 26% said they had always liked the Congress leader. 15% said they started liking it after Bharat Jodo Yatra. 16% said they didn’t like it and 27% were ambivalent (neither like nor dislike). 16% did not answer.
Almost half (47%) of respondents said they liked the work of the Prime Minister Modi-led government on development, and 40% said they disliked it. Eight percent said it was average and five percent said they didn’t know.
In Kashmir, a majority of respondents (30 percent) said they disliked the Centre’s work, while 28 percent said they liked it. 13% thought it was average and 29% didn’t know.
A majority (45 percent) also did not appreciate the government’s efforts to end corruption. 41% said they liked it, while 8% said it was average. Six percent said they didn’t know.
However, when asked which big issue topped their list in the vote, only 5% said it was corruption.
When asked directly whether they want the Prime Minister Modi-led government back in power, 43% said they have, while 38% said they don’t. have not done. 18% did not answer.
The BJP, which secured a 37% vote share in Lok Sabha polls in 2019, can expect a 2% increase, according to the survey. Congress, which got 19%, will go to 29%.