India Today Mood of the Nation Survey’s Data on Modi & Yogi Doesn’t Add Up – The Quint

2. Best PM Rankings

One of the questions asked in the India Today-Karvy survey was: “Who do you think has been India’s best prime minister so far?”.

In response to this question, 27 percent respondents picked PM Modi, 19 percent picked Atal Bihar Vajpayee, 14 percent picked Indira Gandhi, 11 percent Manmohan Singh, 8 percent Jawaharlal Nehru, 7 percent Rajiv Gandhi, 6 percent Lal Bahadur Shastri, 3 percent PV Narasimha Rao, and VP Singh and Morarji Desai were at 2 percent each.

So this means a greater number of people picked Modi as “India’s best PM ever” than those who wanted him to be “India’s next PM”.

It is curious that Modi fared better in competition with tall former PMs like Jawaharlal Nehru, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Indira Gandhi, VP Singh, et al as compared to present competitors, like Yogi Adityanath, Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee, Arvind Kejriwal, Sonia Gandhi, and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

Politically, this seems strange. From a survey point of view, this is possible but it could be the result of a distortion that is taking place in the survey. We will discuss this distortion later.

3. Satisfaction Rating

In the Mood of the Nation survey, 16 percent people rated PM Modi’s performance as “outstanding”, 38 percent rated it as “good”, 30 percent rated it as “average”, 11 percent as “poor”, and 5 percent as “very poor”. This means that 54 percent have a positive view of Modi’s performance.

Now, let’s assume that all those who have a positive view of Modi’s performance would