According to the findings of India Today’s “Mood of the Nation” survey issued on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity has declined from 66 percent to 24 percent in a year.
The handling of the Covid-19 problem was cited by respondents as the key cause of the drop in ratings.
“While Modi was lauded for his handling of the first wave with a high 73% approval rating in January 2021, the disruption experienced during the second wave has seen that figure drop to 49%,” the India Today report said.
Large gatherings, such as election rallies, were blamed for the second wave of the pandemic in India, according to as many as 27% of those polled. About 26% claimed it was caused by a lack of respect for Covid-appropriate behaviour.
Covid-19 infected and killed more people in the country than government records indicated, according to 71 percent of respondents. However, 44 percent of those polled blamed both the central and state governments for the health crisis.
According to a survey conducted by India Today, as many as 29% of respondents believed that the National Democratic Alliance government’s worst failing was price rise and inflation. The second worst failing of the Modi government, according to 23% of respondents, was the unemployment rate.
With an 11% vote, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was the survey’s second choice for Prime Minister after Modi. With a 10% approval rating, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was the third most popular candidate for the job.
According to the India Today poll, Gandhi’s popularity has risen from 8% in 2020 to 12% now. Adityanath’s popularity has risen from 3% in 2019 to 7% in 2020.
Adityanath, on the other hand, is ranked seventh among 11 chief ministers who were ranked based on their popularity in their own states. This finding is significant because the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election is scheduled for early next year.
This year’s survey has 14,599 participants and was conducted between July 10 and July 22. Rural respondents made up 71 percent of the total, while urban respondents made up 29 percent.
Residents of 19 states, 115 parliamentary seats, and 230 Assembly seats were included in the survey.