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The nation has spoken.
More than 26000 people surveyed by Ranking Cube have given their verdict on BJP and its supremo Narendra Modi.
Coming a year ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, this political survey is a sentiment check prevalent across the country. It also comes at a time when the ruling party’s deliverability is being closely dissected.
According to the Ranking Cube survey, a majority of respondents feel that Narendra Modi is most suited to run the country and remains the top PM choice for 2019.
Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal are next in line to the position but trail behind Modi at a distant 7%. Veteran leaders like Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mayawati and Nitish Kumar failed to make an impression.
True to his style, Superstar Rajnikanth makes a surprise entry. The actor who recently announced his political innings beats popular faces like Priyanka Gandhi and Shashi Tharoor.
It is interesting to note that while the BJP supremo enjoys maximum support in the country, there is still an overwhelming 58% who seemed to prefer other leaders over Modi
Despite the continuing debate over the dipping economy and communal unrest, a majority of those surveyed by Ranking Cube believe that Modi has fulfilled his promise of ‘Acche Din’. Another 17% preferred to wait for some more time before forming an opinion.
Modi’s popularity has been a shot in the arm for the BJP as well. This favourability towards the saffron party reflects in the survey numbers as well. Yet, this support might not be a convincing one.
About 15% of respondents who expressed their support for BJP in 2019 are doing so due to lack of a better alternative. Another 16% were sitting on the fence, undecided about their choice of party.
The social media discourse during the survey period mostly centred around the horrific Unnao and Kathua rapes, with questions raised on the safety of women and children in the country. The shocking apathy shown by a few BJP leaders was also a subject of much debate. The buzz around 2019 election seemed to be slowly picking up with talks about Modi retaining his position.
Demonetisation and black money crackdown, two decisions that had people at opposite ends of the spectrum seem to be a hit with the masses as well, as revealed by the Ranking Cube survey.
Over 60% respondents felt that black money crackdown, PM Modi’s biggest election promise was a success, either fully or partially. Even demonetization, which caused great inconvenience and adversely affected the poor, laborers and small businesses gets a positive nod. This shows that BJP’s policies, even when disruptive have gained acceptance among people.
Modi’s country-hopping jaunts have been a source of many jibes and jokes. Yet a majority seem to believe that it will bring both goodwill and new opportunities for the country.
The communal flame
On Ranking Cube’s question on religious harmony, a whopping 94% people surveyed seem to accept the rising spate of communal violence and incidents in the country. This increasing polarisation seems to be alienating not just the affected group but also the moderate and nonideological voters, as proven by the party’s lack of overwhelming support.
Modi’s coming to power saw him announcing a barrage of social welfare schemes. Swaccha Bharat Abhiyan which was launched with a lot of fanfare appears to be the most impactful on the ground. This is followed by digital India. The much-publicized Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme does not seem to make much of an impression on people.
That none of the schemes got an overwhelming response shows that much work remains to be done.
Overall, the Ranking Cube survey shows that people continue to have faith in brand Modi. This reflects a huge political advantage for the BJP as they prepare to decimate their opponents and prove their might in the 2019 election.