Modi remains ‘by far’ most popular figure in Indian politics: Pew Research

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Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi remains “by far” the most popular figure in Indian politics, the Pew said on Wednesday, releasing the main findings of its latest survey conducted among 2,464 respondents in India.

Modi at 88 per cent is 30 points ahead of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (58 per cent), 31 points ahead of Congress president Sonia Gandhi (57 per cent) and 49 points ahead of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (39 per cent), said the survey conducted between February 21 and March 10 this year.

Pew said the public’s “positive assessment” of Modi is buoyed by “growing contentment” with the Indian economy: more than eight-in-ten say economic conditions are “good”, up 19 percentage points since immediately before the 2014 election.The share of adults who say the economy is “very good” (30 per cent) has tripled in the past three years, it added.

Overall, seven-in-ten Indians are now “satisfied” with the way things are going in the country. This positive assessment of India’s direction has nearly doubled since 2014, Pew said.

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