India’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ for 2019 – Who’s loved, Who’s not?
Muffler man Arvind Kejriwal sweeps away Gandhi Scion to take the second spot
The nation has spoken.
More than 26000 people surveyed by Piplsay have given their verdict on who is most suited to run the country.
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.
For a majority of respondents, Narendra Modi is the most trusted person and is their top PM choice for 2019.
Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal are next in line to the position but trail behind the BJP supremo 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 even as Modi enjoys popular support, he is still NOT favoured by an overwhelming 58% people
Despite the continuing debate over the dipping economy and communal unrest, a majority of those surveyed by Piplsay 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. Questions were raised not just on the safety of women and children but also the shocking apathy of a few BJP leaders. 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 Piplsay survey.
Over 60% people give a positive nod to both the moves despite no concrete evidence establishing their success. In fact, most of them seem to have forgiven and forgotten the apparent inconvenience caused due to demonetization and its adverse effect on the poor, laborers and small businesses. This shows that BJP’s policies, even when disruptive seem to gain acceptance among people.
Even Modi’s country-hopping jaunts pass with flying colors. Despite the jokes and jibes, a majority of people believe these visits have brought goodwill and opportunities for the country.
The communal flame
On Piplsay’s question on religious harmony, a whopping 94% people seem to be concerned over the spate of communal incidents. This increasing polarisation seems to be alienating not just the affected group but also the moderate 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 Piplsay survey shows that despite the up’s and down’s people continue to have faith in brand Modi. The other leaders meanwhile have a lot of catching up to do if they are to pose a formidable challenge to BJP’s main man.
For now, the Saffron party has a huge political advantage ahead of the 2019 general election.
But then again, politics is not an exact science. So is the mood of the nation