Modi’s popularity fell from 66pc to 24pc in one year over handling of Covid pandemic: survey

Monitoring Report

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity ratings fell from 66 per cent to 24pc — a huge difference of 42pc — over the course of one year as Covid-19’s second wave led to record deaths and infections in the country.

A survey, titled Mood of the Nation, conducted by Indian publication India Today had asked respondents, “Who is best suited to be the next prime minister of India?”

According to the results of the survey published last week, Modi was the top contender, followed by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adyanath and Rahul Gandhi, the leader of India’s main opposition party.

However, Modi’s popularity declined massively from 66pc in August 2020 to 38pc in Jan 2021 and finally to 24pc in Aug of this year.