Modi’s popularity dips southwards
#ModiGoBack. Social media would start buzzing almost every time Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a trip down South India. And if this survey data is to be believed, the protest could be attributed to his deep unpopularity in the South, more so in Tamil Nadu.
While Modi remains the most popular leader in the country in two successive CVOTER-IANS Tracker 2019 opinion polls, a state-wise breakdown shows a varying trend. Barring Punjab, almost all the northern states are satisfied with his performance as prime minister. In fact, more than 50 per cent people in 13 states approved of his work.
But the same data collected from over 60,000 voters in all 543 Lok Sabha seats over the last three month also suggests dissatisfaction among people in southern states and Punjab.
Only 2.2 per cent of the respondents in Tamil Nadu said that they were satisfied with Modi's performance. In Kerala and Puducherry, the percentage was seen to be 7.7 per cent and 10.7 per cent respectively.
Despite its several attempts since the last decade, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has not been able to become a major force in Tamil Nadu.
That the saffron-party is going to contest only in five constituencies in the coming Lok Sabha elections, as part of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)-led front, explains how important a state Tamil Nadu is for its political ambition.
The state will contribute a considerable number of seats, if not substantial, to the overall tally of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance in the Lok Sabha polls 2019.
Dissatisfaction with Modi is high in neighbouring Kerala as well, with just 7.7 percent people saying that they are satisfied with his performance. In the Union Territory of Puducherry, the figure is just 10.7 percent while in Andhra Pradesh it is 23.6 percent. He fares marginally better in Telangana and Karnataka at 37.7 percent and 38.4 percent respectively but even this is much lower compared to the national average.
In contrast to PM Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi has consistently had a better approval rating in south India.
Jharkhand topped the charts where 74 per cent of the respondents said that they were satisfied with the Modi's performance, followed by 68.3 per cent in Rajasthan and 66.3 per cent in Goa.
The Congress-ruled Punjab saw only 12.0 per cent of voters approving the Prime Minister's performance while 23.6 per cent gave a positive feedback in Andhra Pradesh.