Nearly a year after the pandemic stuck the country, the India Today-Karvy Insights had carried out their biennial ‘Mood of the Nation’ poll. The poll reveals how Indians have expressed their resounding satisfaction with the performance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Nearly three-fourths of the citizens who participated in the survey were happy about the Modi government’s handling of the economic crisis. The survey has also found that 73% of Indians are satisfied with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In terms of approval ratings, PM Modi seems to enjoy the approval of 74% Indians, only a marginal dip from the 78% found in August 2020 survey.
However, India Today consulting editor Rajdeep Sardesai said he was ‘baffled’ to believe the survey because it says that more than two-thirds of the people are applauding the government for handling the economic crisis that came as the fallout of the lockdown despite nearly 85% of them have lost their livelihood opportunities.
“Let’s be very clear. Income decreased 66 % during Covid times, 19 % say they lost jobs. And yet this poll suggests that people are applauding the government for saving lives, are worried about the livelihood but at the same time, they are not willing to say that centre mishandled. I still do not have a rational explanation,” said Sardesai.
He tweeted: “In the #MoodOfTheNation poll, the Modi govt’s biggest achievement is seen as Ram Mandir/article 370; biggest failing is seen as unemployment and price rise. Net net: govt scores on its Hindutva ideological agenda, loses out on bread and butter issues.”
The survey also predicted that if elections were to be held today, the BJP would return to power with a huge margin. The Mood of the Nation poll shows that the BJP would win 291 seats – eight more than what it had got in the August 2020 edition of the Mood of the Nation poll. As per the latest MOTN survey, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) would win 321 seats, up from 316 predicted in August.