Prime Minister Narendra Modi's maiden Independence Day speech at Red Fort on Friday struck a chord with the people who voted him to power in May, an online survey conducted by HT found.
After Modi delivered a speech that was high on emotion and measured in political rhetoric, HT asked its readers what they thought about the Prime Minister's address that stressed the welfare of poor and women, skill development training for the youth as well as some rural development schemes.
The poll question was: 'How would you rate Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first Independence Day speech from Red Fort?' And there were five options: excellent, good, average, bad and poor.
The response to the survey, which was published around 9:00am on Friday, was overwhelming. Till 3:15pm, as many as 3,269 respondents cast their votes.
A whopping 78.77% of the respondents (altogether 2,575 ) said Modi's speech was excellent, clearly impressed with the Prime Minister's vision for a new India and his focus on women's welfare at a time when a series of sex crimes has shocked the nation.
Altogether 418 respondents (12.78%) said the speech, which proposed the scrapping of the once-powerful Planning Commission, was good.
The poll results were yet another testimony to the faith India has in Modi, who earned a landslide victory in the 2014 general elections. More than 90% of the respondents were of the opinion that Modi's extempore speech fell within the bracket of good and excellent.
Of the 3,269 respondents, 148 (4.5%) found the address average. Just 23 respondents (0.7%) opted for the 'bad' option. Also, 105 (3.21%) of the 3,269 respondents found Modi's speech poor.