New Delhi, May 3: A recent survey conducted on the near completion of two years in office by the BJP-led NDA government said that a vast majority of 70 percent voters wanted Narendra Modi to continue as Prime Minister beyond the first term.
The Narendra Modi government will be completing two years in the office on May 25, 2016.
The survey conducted by the Centre for Media Studies (CMS), said that 62 per cent people actually liked the performance of the Modi Government. The survey included around 4000 samples in 15 states across the rural and urban areas.
Announcing the findings of the survey at a press conference here, former Secretary General of Lok Sabha Subhash Kashyap said the personal image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi remained very bright and his performance was being liked by a majority.
Modi's efforts to improve India's stand globally as well as improving administration at home got a thumbs up from a majority in the survey. However, majority respondents appreciated the initiatives of the government to improve the living standards, they also expressed concern over increasing prices, unemployment and poverty at the grass root level, observed CMS Director General PN Vasanti.
The survey pointed that majority respondents appreciated ‘Jan Dhan Yojana’, ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’, and efforts to secure FDI for economic boost. In their assessment of individual ministers the majority preferred Railway followed by Finance and External Affairs Ministries.
However, 49 per cent felt that there was ‘no change’ in their living standarads while 15 p[er cent expressed that the situation has worsened. Another 43 per cent felt that poor people were not benefiting from the welfare schemes of the government.
Thrity-two per cent respondents pointed to inflation as major failure of the Central government followed by inability to provide jobs and failure to bring back the black money- one of the key promise made in 2014 election propaganda.
The low-performing ministries included Labour and Employment, Law, Rural Development, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Social Justice and Empowerment.
MEA Sushma Swaraj topped in the ranking by the respondents followed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Finance Minister Arun Jaitely. Ram Vilas Paswan, Bandaru Dattatreya, Radha Mohan Singh, J P Nadda and Prakash Javdekar were judged among the low-performing ministers.
The Ministries of Urban Development headed by Venkaiah Naidu and HRD Ministry headed by Smriti Irani were judged as ‘average’ in their overall standing as expectations from their were much higher.
The assessment of ministries and Union Ministers was done on the basis of four parameters - media presence, extent of activity on social media, utilisation of MPLAD fund and people's opinion, the survey said.
The survey underlined that in spite of the continuous negative propaganda on the media, the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi maintained its upward graph. The BJP came to power with the support of roughly 35 per cent voters. Now it is 62 per cent voters that gave their preference to Modi. This is significantly pleasant for the BJP. If this pace of development and people-oriented activities continue, the BJP can achieve its target of ‘Congress-Mukt Bharat’ by the time Modi completes his first term in the office.