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Over 95 % People In Odisha Give Thumbs Up To PM Modi

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Bhubaneswar: Around 95.6 per cent of people in Odisha are satisfied with performance of PM Modi, says IANS-C Voter State of the Nation 2020 Survey.

At a time when the pandemic has plunged approval ratings of many world leaders, 58.36 per cent Indians across all states and union territories maintain they are “very satisfied” with the performance of the Prime Minister.

Among the states, PM’s approval ratings tops in a non-BJP ruled state Odisha. With 95.6 per cent Odias saying they are satisfied with him, 84.87 per cent “very satisfied” and just a 2.2 per cent of them disapprove of Modi.

A 24.01 per cent Indians, across states, say they are “somewhat satisfied”, while 16.71 per cent are not satisfied with him at all.

Odisha is followed by Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, where his popularity is extremely high with net approval ratings of 93.95 per cent, 92.73 and 83.6 respectively.

Interestingly, like Odisha, even two among these three states are ruled by non BJP parties – Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.

Jharkhand where the BJP was recently outmaneuvered in the election, also has pretty significant approval ratings for the Prime Minister. 64.26 per cent of them say they are “very satisfied” with PM Modi, while the net approval rating from the state is a whopping 82.97 per cent.

While it’s hardly a surprise that states like BJP ruled Karnataka and Modi’s own state Gujarat gives thumbs up to him, he has a soaring popularity even in Maharashtra which is being ruled by the Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena combine. 71.48 per cent of the respondents from the state say they are satisfied with the performance of the Indian Prime Minister, according to the survey. Even in the Northeast 69.45 per cent gives him a thumbs up.

However, what should worry the BJP, given the Bihar election is later this year, Modi’s net approval rating is 58.48 per cent in this Hindi heartland state, which is low in comparison to other states.

In West Bengal, where election is due next year, Modi’s net approval rating is 64.06 per cent, which may be some reason for concern for the ruling TMC and Mamata Banerjee. Contrary to public beliefs, even in J&K, 50.84 per cent say they are very satisfied with him.

Three BJP-ruled states – Uttarakhand, Goa and Haryana are at the bottom of the approval chart. They have given a net approval of the PM as 53.53, 52.54 and 51.25 per cent respectively.

The images of hapless migrant labourers walking long distances to get back to their native places may have given hope to the critics of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that at least now his popularity may wane. Or, the unprecedented economic crisis in the wake of the two-month lockdown might have turned the masses against him. However, on the contrary, his nett national approval rating, according to an IANS-C Voter State of the Nation 2020 Survey, is at nearly 66 per cent.

As if that is not enough, the nett rating of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is 0.58 per cent. The ruling BJP seems to be well aware of this unbridgeable gap, considering the perennial party focus on him.

The highest endorsement rate of the Prime Minister is in Himachal Pradesh with 95.1 per cent.The Prime Minister’s nett approval rating is over 90 per cent in Odisha and Chhattisgarh. Incidentally, the Congress was voted to power in the Chhattisgarh in 2018 after a 15-year rule of the BJP.

Even in Punjab and Rajasthan, both Congress-ruled states, Modi’s popularity stands at 68.84 per cent and 68.43 per cent, respectively. In the southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, where the BJP remains on the margins, Modi’s nett approval rating is 32.89 per cent and 32.15 per cent respectively. Barring these two states, the Prime Minister is going strong all over the country, the chart showing him above 50 per cent in every single state.

Compared to Modi, Rahul Gandhi has only 36.12 per cent nett approval from Kerala, which sent him to the Lok Sabha. Tamil Nadu is the second most favourable state for him, where he has met with a 26.11 per cent.

At a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modis nett national approval rating is at nearly 66 per cent, believe it or not, face of prime opposition Congress’ Rahul Gandhi’s rating is at a dismal 0.58 per cent.

Across states, only 18.63 per cent said they are “very satisfied” with him while 25.06 per cent said they are somewhat satisfied. However, the larger chunk of 43.11 per cent asserted that they are not et all satisfied with the performance of the former Congress president, according to the IANS-C Voter State of the Nation 2020 Survey.

What should worry Congress and its heir apparent the most is his best meet approval rating is close to the worst need approval rating of Narendra Modi. Gandhi got his biggest thumbs up from Tamil Nadu, a state where Modi fared the worst. However, even in his best performance, Gandhi just had 36.12 per cent nett approval from the southern state. Kerala, a state he is elected an MP from, is his second-best performance which is 26.11 per cent nett approval. To make sense of numbers, Modi’s worst nett approval was 32.15 per cent. His third-best performance is in Assam which once was a Congress bastion before Himanta Biswa Sarma and Sarbananda Sonowal swept to power. But even in his third-best rating, Rahul Gandhi got a mere 15.32 per cent nett approval, half of Modi”s worst approval rating which was in Kerala.

While 38.94 per cent Keralites said they are very satisfied with the way Rahul Gandhi performed, 32.49 per cent of them said they are not at all satisfied.

Modi ranks above the satisfaction ratings of the chief ministers of both the NDA and non-NDA formations. The PM’s nett satisfaction ranking at 65.69 is higher than the combined ranking of 57.36, of all the chief ministers of the UPA-ruled states.

PM Modi has the highest satisfaction rating of 92.73 in Chhattisgarh whereas the states chief minister Bhupesh Baghel, a popular leader, has a rating 81.06. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who has been in power for over seven months, enjoys a satisfaction rating of 76.52, which is higher than the 71.48-per cent of the Prime Minister. Modi’s satisfaction rating in West Bengal is 64.06, which is higher than 52.06 rating of Mamata Banerjee.

In Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the two states which have suffered the most due to the migrant crisis, the Prime Minister has an approval rating of 64.06 per cent and 67.01 per cent respectively. Rahul enjoys the maximum rating in Haryana with 31.11 per cent endorsement. In Chhattisgarh, Rahul has 4.55 per cent rating.

Goa, with 9.62 per cent approval, stands out as the worst place for the BJP. Haryana too is a source of worry, with 38.73 per cent endorsement.

May 2009 onwards, the IANS-C Voter Tracker has been carried out each and every week, 52 waves in a calendar year, in 11 national languages, across all States and Union territories with a target sample size of 3,000 samples each wave. The average response rate is 55%. This survey is based on CATI interviews of adult respondents across all segments.

(With IANS inputs)

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