New Delhi: After eight years in power, the Congress-led coalition’s pull seems to be diminishing. The result of the ABP News-Nielsen survey conducted on the eve of the UPA-II third anniversary has revealed it. While 32 per cent believed the government’s performance was good or very good, a sizable 35 per cent rated the performance as average.
Significant 21 per cent respondents said it was poor while 11 per cent rated the performance as very poor. The performance of UPA government has been rated slightly below average with a mean score 2.95, which is lower than the mean score of 3.22 last year.
According to the survey, Gujarat chief minister and BJP leader Narendra Modi has emerged as the ‘popular choice’ for the post of Prime Minister beating Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, who was the most preferred choice in 2011.
As many as 17 per cent respondents favoured Narendra Modi as Prime Minister of India according to a survey.
As per the survey report, only 13 per cent wanted Rahul Gandhi to take over the top post. Modi on the contrary has improved his position. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh garnered 16 per cent of the votes.
Manmohan scores high than his govt:
However, Manmohan Singh’s ratings are good with 37 per cent respondents saying his performance was good or very good. Another 33 per cent ranked him average, while 28 per cent believed his performance was poor or very poor.
Around 32 per cent of the respondents felt that performance of UPA government is better or much better than its last term. A dip of 8 per cent is observed in the perception of people from last year survey, where 40 per cent of the respondents felt that the performance of UPA government is better than previous term. 39 per cent rated UPA performance as “about the same” this year, similar score in comparison to last year.
Only 36 per cent of the respondents felt that performance of the PM is better than its last term. A dip of 8 per cent is noted in the perception of people from the last year survey, where 44 per cent of respondents said that the PM performed better than his previous term.
What are Manmohan Singh’s strengths and weaknesses?
Around 38 per cent of the respondents felt that Manmohan Singh’s clean personal image has been his biggest strength while 42 per cent of them believed that failure to act tough against ministers accused of corruption has been his biggest weakness.
Corruption and price rise hit UPA-II hard:
The UPA-II seems to be failing in the key parameters of governance. 25 per cent respondents wanted the government to take immediate steps to control corruption in the country while 24 per cent felt that the government should take steps to monitor rising food and petrol prices in the country. Immediate steps to control corruption and food inflation have been considered as the issues over which UPA government should immediately act upon.
Focus on Naxalite/Maoist issue has been cited by 15 per cent of the respondents, this was mentioned by only 8 per cent during last year survey. Overall 33 per cent felt that policies of the UPA government are responsible for rising inflation in the country. Around 28 per cent believed that global economic conditions are responsible for rising inflation in the country. 29 per cent cited both these reasons for rise in inflation.
Areas improved and deteriorated over the last three years:
34 per cent of the respondents felt that there has been an improvement in medical facilities. Almost same number of the respondents felt that condition of roads has been improved.
Around 69 per cent of the respondents felt that inflation and price rise is a key issue and 58 per cent believed that the level of corruption has increased.
2G spectrum dents UPA’s image:
Majority of respondents (57 per cent) said that current UPA government is the most corrupt government of India post-Independence, and this figure has increased significantly as compared to previous year (45 per cent).
54 percent of the respondents felt that 2G spectrum scam has impacted India’s image as an investment destination. Only 10 per cent of the respondents believed that home minister P Chidambaram has not played any role in 2G scam whereas 30 per cent felt that he was equally involved as A Raja and 31 per cent said that he was involved only to some extent.
A little more than one-third (36 per cent ) are aware of the fact that the UPA government had to put 51 per cent FDI in retail decision on hold due to opposition from various alliance partners and several state governments.