71.9% Indians likely to vote for Modi as PM, says survey

As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi completes four years in office on Saturday (May 26), a survey indicated that 71.9% people would vote for him as premier if elections were to be held now. According to ‘Pulse of the Nation’ online poll conducted in May by the Times Group covering 844,646 respondents, 73.3% said a Modi-led government is likely to win when elections are held next year. The survey said 16.1% will vote for a candidate other than Modi or Congress president Rahul Gandhi as prime minister. Rahul emerged as the third most favoured choice with 11.93% votes. Some 33.42% of the respondents said the introduction of goods and service taxes (GST) was the best success story of the Modi government. This was followed by demonetisation (21.9%), surgical strikes on Pakistan (19.89%) and Jan Dhan Yojana (9.7%), a financial inclusion campaign. Among the biggest failures of the Modi government, unemployment (28.3%) topped the list followed by its Kashmir policy (14.28%). While the Modi government is being projected as against minorities, the survey said 59.41% did not think minority groups felt insecure under his rule. Some 55% voters believe that their life has improved since BJP-led government came to power in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.