Modi most popular Indian political leader, finds top American think tank
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Modi most popular Indian political leader, finds top American think tank



Pew Centre Survey finds people more satisfied with economy 

Coming just before Gujarat polls, Team Rahul Gandhi needs to reassess situation
 
Here is some real bad news for the Congress and Rahul Gandhi, and the timing could not have been worse as it comes days before Gujarat goes to elections, an electoral swashbuckling match between Modi and a resurgent Gandhi.

The latest Pew Research Centre survey has shown that PM Modi remains by far the most popular political figure in India with 88% of the polled people favouring him, a whole 30 points ahead of Congress' Rahul Gandhi at 58%.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi at 57% trailed just behind Rahul Gandhi while Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at 39% found himself way behind.

However, since survey was conducted between February 21 and March 10 this year, Team Rahul hopes that the situation has undergone significant change in the last few weeks and the Gandhi scion is now on a resurgence wave. Rahul Gandhi is currently claiming more traction in the social media and the fact that his ascendance to the Congress’ presidentship is now imminent, a similar survey now will throw up different numbers.
 
Omar Abdullah pointed to the fact that the Pew survey was too old to be meaningful, and situation could have changed by now.

However, what will gladden the hearts of the BJP's proverbial "Three men in a boat" will be the assessment that PM Modi's popularity was buoyed on account of 'growing contentment' with the economy. At a time when the Congress is making Modi's performance on the economic front its focus area, rather than referring to the Hindutva agenda of the BJP, it may send the backroom boys of Rahul Gandhi back to the drawing board.
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At a time when the Congress is making Modi's performance on the economic front its focus area, rather than referring to the Hindutva agenda of the BJP, it may send the backroom boys of Rahul Gandhi back to the drawing board.
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Pew Research Center, a major American think tank, released its key findings from the latest survey conducted among 2,464 respondents in India. 

More than eight-in-ten people surveyed said economic conditions were "good", 19% more than those who made a similar assessment before the 2014 election.

In fact, three times more adults said the economy was "very good."

Seven in ten Indians claimed they were "satisfied" with the way things were going in the country. 

"Since 2015, Modi's popularity is relatively unchanged in the north, has risen in the west and the south, and is down slightly in the east," the survey said.
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According to Pew Survey, despite periodic outbreaks of religious violence, relatively few Indians see communal relations as a very big problem.
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Modi garnered 9 in 10 positive rankings in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh, while he managed 8 in 10 positive rankings in Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Delhi, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

Only 40 per cent expressed confidence in US President Donald Trump to do the right thing regarding world affairs, down 34 points from their faith in his predecessor Barack Obama in 2015.

According to Pew Survey, despite periodic outbreaks of religious violence, relatively few Indians see communal relations as a very big problem.

"Similarly, despite Prime Minister Modi's decision last November to abolish high-value bank notes, less than half of the Indian population sees the lack of availability of cash to be a major problem," the survey said.

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