Pew Research: Modi’s Popularity Widespread in India

The Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan American think tank based in Washington, D.C., conducted a survey among 2,464 respondents in India  from February 21 to March 10, 2017.

Its main findings are:

  • Indians are increasingly upbeat about Prime Minister Modi, the economy and India’s direction
  • Modi’s popularity extends across India — Nearly nine in ten Indians hold a favorable opinion of Modi, comparable to their view of him in 2015, after a year in office.
  • Modi and BJP are more popular than the Gandhis and the Congress Party — Modi’s favorable rating is 31 percentage points higher than that of Sonia Gandhi, the leader of the Congress Party, and is 30 points more than that for her son, Rahul Gandhi.
  • The public is satisfied with Modi’s  handling of domestic issues — helping the poor and handling unemployment, terrorism and corruption.
  • The Indian public believes the national government is doing the right thing for the country — More than 85 percent voice trust in the national government, including 39 percent who express “a lot of trust.”
  • The public is also quite satisfied (79 percent) with the way their democracy is currently working. This includes 33 percent who are very satisfied.
  • Despite a decline, the U.S. is still more popular than China — about half of Indian adults hold a favorable view of the United States, down 21 percentage points since 2015. (Amritt interpretation: this decline is probably attributable to some of the words and actions of President Trump).
  • Indian assessment of Americans (56 percent) remains positive and largely unchanged since the last time this question was asked.
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Gunjan Bagla
California-based management consultant Gunjan Bagla runs Amritt, a consulting firm helping American companies to succeed in India. Amritt is the trusted advisor for India market research, India business development, India market entry, Global Engineering, Global Technology Scouting, India R&D and Open Innovation. Gunjan is author of "Business in 21st Century India: How to Profit Today from Tomorrow’s Most Exciting Market" (Hachette Book Group, 2008), Amazon's top rated title on the subject. He has appeared as the India Expert on BBC Television, Bloomberg TV, Fox Cable Business and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Hollywood Reporter and Business Week for his expertise on India.


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