Indian voters who elected Narendra Modi as the country's 15th Prime Minister in what he described as an "election of hope" are satisfied with his performance after one month, an online survey conducted by HT found.
With Modi completing 30 days in office after his swearing-in on May 26, HT asked its readers five questions — on the Prime Minister's performance, his ministry and whether he could script an economic turnaround, especially against the backdrop of India's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) clocking sub-5% growth in two successive years.
The response to the survey that was published on hindustantimes.com on Saturday afternoon was overwhelming. More than 7,000 votes were polled till 3pm on Wednesday — and the majority of them gave a thumbs up to the Modi government that ousted the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance at the Centre.
Of the total 7,009 respondents, 4,334 (62%) said they were satisfied with PM Modi's performance, while 2,082 (30%) said he was going slow. Just 593 (8%) of them said they were not sure.
With the Union Budget around two weeks away, HT also asked its readers whether the new government could bring about a change.
The response was in favour of Modi, who had pledged to usher in 'achche din (good days)' and bolster the economy in his high-pitched election campaigns at a time when India's GDP, the value of all goods and services produced in the country, crawled at 4.7% in 2013-14. However, following the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP's) landslide win in the Lok Sabha elections, the BSE Sensex rose, what many said, in signs of optimism in the market.
Of the total respondents, 4,613 (66%) said the Modi government could fix the Indian economy, which is stalked by price rise and inflation. While 1,693 (24%) respondents replied in negative, 703 (10%) said they were not sure.
On the Modi government putting in place an appraisal system for ministers to rate them and ensure people-centric performance, 5,615 respondents — a whopping 80% — said they supported the decision. Just 882 (13%) voted against, while 512 (7%) respondents were unsure about the move.
With many untested ministers at the helm of key departments — including human resource development minister Smriti Irani — HT also asked whether the Union cabinet lacked the 'wow factor'.
The answers once again were a testimony to the faith in Modi — but this time the margin was thin. While 3,517 (nearly 50%) said 'No', 2,513 (36%) of the respondents answered in affirmative, and 979 (14%) were not sure.
When asked to compare Modi with former prime ministers, 4,830 (69%) respondents said he was better than the most, making it clear that the majority is still with him, notwithstanding the recent rail fare hike and the caution against 'unpopular measures' in the offing.
While just 1,331 (19%) said his performance was average, 848 (12%) could not give a specific answer.
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