66 percent voters satisfied with Modi's performance, functioning: Poll
Posted on Sep 03 2014 | IANS
New Delhi, Sep 2 : Nearly two-thirds (66 percent) of voters in a survey have expressed satisfaction with the Narendra Modi government's performance, and while more - 68 percent - approve of the prime minister's style of functioning.
Conducted across 14 cities including the four metropolitan cities, major state capitals as well as other prominent cities like Surat and Varanasi, the opinion poll by Network 18 and Today's Chanakya on 100 days of the Modi government sought to take a look at how Team Modi has fared on foreign policy, internal security and on the economic front.
"Majority 66 percent voters say they are satisfied with the performance so far of the Modi government. Nineteen percent say they are not satisfied with the government performance," said a press release giving the results of the survey conducted Aug 26-31 and involving 6,280 respondents.
"Fifty-one percent voters say if elections were held now, the Modi government will improve its tally while 26 percent say the opposite. On the key question of corruption, 54 percent voters say the Modi government can tackle corruption while 24 percent say it cannot tackle corruption," the release said.
According to the opinion poll, economic sentiment was positive with 41 percent stating that the economy was back on track, while 25 percent said it was early to pass a judgment.
In response to a question "what do you think the prime minister could have been done better in 100 days", 48 percent voters wished the Modi government to be stricter on spiralling prices.
"More than 30 percent voters believe that price control has improved while 27 percent say that it has not improved," the release said.
About Modi's tenure, 41 percent voters described it as being "effective, speedy, and purposeful", while 35 percent said his government has to be more bold and tough.
The poll said 68 percent respondents approved of Modi's style of functioning while only 25 percent find him authoritatian.
The opinion poll showed that Modi has been successful in building a direct rapport with people.
"Fifty percent respondents say that Modi effectively communicates with the people of the country."
On internal security, 37 percent respondents said Maoist violence has decreased during the Modi regime, while 15 percent of voters said it had increased.
The poll said voters appeared to be in sync with Modi's foreign policy.
"Sixty-nine percent respondents rate his foreign policy as being either good or very good. Forty-seven percent say the performance is good while 22 percent say it is very good," the survey said.
On cancellation of foreign secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan, the poll showed that 54 percent supported the move.
Meanwhile, 43 percent of respondents say communal violence has not increased during the Modi regime, while 14 percent say it has, the poll said.
On the Congress leader in the Lok Sabha not being recognised as the Leader of Opposition, 44 percent voters said it was the right decision, while 30 percent said the Congress deserves the post.
Modi's "Team India" pitch found favour with 54 percent of voters who said Modi was walking the talk on building a team with the chief ministers, but 15 percent not holding a similar sentiment.