Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Enjoys Rise in Popularity Following US Visit, New Poll Shows

© AFP 2022 / MONEY SHARMAIndia's Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures after addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort during the celebrations to mark country’s 75th Independence Day in New Delhi on August 15, 2021.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures after addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort during the celebrations to mark country’s 75th Independence Day in New Delhi on August 15, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 28.10.2021
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In August, an opinion poll conducted by the magazine India Today found that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had lost the support of 42% of respondents in a year, one of the steepest falls in popularity of a leader in the country's history.
A survey released on Thursday shows Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity improved from 53 percent in August to 58 percent in October among urban voters.
The survey conducted by YouGov, an international internet-based market research and data analytics firm, found that Modi's approval ratings peaked in early October, highlighting the positive impact of his recent US visit on his perception among urban Indians.

"Public perception on the country's direction has also improved slightly during this period; from 53% saying things in this country are headed in the right direction in early August to 59% saying this now (18 October)", the survey found.

Based on responses collected from 5,095 urban Indian adults, the YouGov findings said Modi's approval ratings are the highest among North Indians (63%) while disapproval is the highest among people from South India (36%).
Unemployment, women's safety, and corruption are considered the top three issues the country faces.

"Even though a majority thinks the government's performance in key concerning areas is not satisfactory, they approve of the way the prime minister is handling his job and generally think the country is headed in the right direction", the survey said.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi participates in a bilateral meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 24, 2021.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 26.09.2021
India’s Main Opposition Party Takes a Dig at Grand Celebration on PM Modi’s Return From US
Global media, Indian opposition parties, and experts have blamed the Narendra Modi government for mishandling the catastrophic second COVID-19 wave in April-May of this year, in which thousands of people died.
Besides this, the struggling economy coupled with high inflation and unemployment spoiled the well-crafted image of the 71-year-old leader in the first half of this year. His September visit to the US was his first in six months and only the second after the pandemic hit the country in March 2020.
On his return, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had arranged over 15,000 party workers and the general public outside Delhi's Palam Airport to highlight Modi's image as a global leader.
BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda had presented Modi's US visit as a grand success and said that India has emerged as a global player under the PM.
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