Despite facing controversies that dogged less than 22-month-old BJP government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s approval ratings remain rock-solid.
A poll conducted by InstaVaani showed that 74 per cent of the respondents (769) approved of Modi’s performance as prime minister—unchanged from the finding of an end-November survey, conducted after the ruling coalition’s loss in the crucial Bihar poll.
Nearly 76 per cent (615 respondents) said they would re-elect Modi if the elections were held now.
Some 68 per cent (461) of people who responded to a specific question said they approved of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s performance.
The poll of 1,044 people across cities was carried out in view of the intolerance debate.
Recently, the Modi government has come under attack in the backdrop of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula’s suicide, arrest of a group of students at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi, including its students union president Kanhaiya Kumar. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused the BJP government of “crushing” the weak and the poor who demand their rights.
Kanhaiya Kumar (one left) and Rohith Vemula (on right).
“Wherever a poor individual seeks his rights — be it a farmer, Dalit, tribal or small trader — wherever a weak person is raising his voice, the NDA government, Modi government is trying to crush it,” he said.
The poll has also showed that 85 per cent of respondents who voted for the NDA in 2014 approve of Modi; only 70 per cent of those who didn’t vote for the NDA do—still a very large proportion.
Among those that approve of both Modi and the government’s performance, 94 per cent will vote to re-elect Modi if an election were to be held now.
Of those that disapprove of Modi but approve of the government, only 38% will vote to re-elect Modi if an election were to be held now.