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PM Narendra Modi is still 'tops' among the Indian middle class

NEW DELHI India and MELBOURNE Australia -- India’s economy is doing fine, the government has handled recent controversies well and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity ratings appear intact among his core constituency, writes Swami Anand Kul Bhushan.
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  That’s the conclusion of a ET-TNS survey Economic Times most recent survey of salaried persons in seven major cities, considered a traditional support base of the BJP.

The government’s overall approval ratings are still running high almost two years after the Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to power at the head of a robust majority, according to the findings of an ET-TNS survey.

That’s despite getting caught up in various controversies and the failure to make progress on key elements of its reform agenda.

Here are the key findings of the survey.

At least 86 per cent are satisfied with economic performance, two thirds say there are enough jobs (Figures in per centage)

The government has an overall approval rating of 86 per cent on economic performance, while 62 per cent say that it has delivered on job creation and 58 per cent expect the future to be better.
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In other words, the general
public still believe that:

‘achhe din aaney wala hain’

In other words, they still believe that ‘achhe din aaney wala hain’.

Perhaps the finding that reveals the most about those surveyed is their response to questions about the controversy over nationalism and sedition as exemplified by the Jawaharlal Nehru University protests.

Half of them (46 per cent) believe that the controversy is the Congress’ fault and more of them (52 per cent) hold the view that the government has taken the right action in the matter.

One key finding: Modi is vastly more popular than Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi.

On a scale of one to 10, Modi gets a score of 7.68 against a lowly 3.61 for Gandhi.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley does better than him at 5.86.

As much as 41 per cent of those surveyed gave the PM a rating of 9 or 10.
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