New Delhi: With the Narendra Modi-led government completing eight years in power, a survey conducted by LocalCircles, says that out of those surveyed, 67 per cent of citizens say the government has either met or exceeded their expectations in the last 3 years i.e after being re-elected in 2019.
This number is down from the earlier survey released before the general elections of 2019 which said that 75 per cent of citizens had rated the Modi government as having met or exceeded expectations.
In the rating of 19 key areas, nearly 2,21,000 responses were received in the study from over 64,000 unique citizens – 65 per cent of those respondents were men while 35 per cent were women – located across 350 districts of India. Interestingly, LocalCircles says that in a similar survey conducted in 2021 after the 2nd year of its 2nd term, there were 51 per cent of citizens who had rated the government as either meeting or exceeding their expectations which means their rating has gone up by 16 per cent, despite Covid-19 and the accusations of mismanagement by the Modi government.
At the three-year mark those who said the government performed below expectations were 30 per cent. In issues like unemployment out of those surveyed, the majority at 47 per cent did not believe that India was able to address the unemployment situation in the last three years, while 37 per cent thought the government had addressed it.
In the matter of corruption, the responses were equal at 46 per cent each for yes and no, on if India had been able to reduce it. The reduction in corruption has seen a slight improvement in the 2022 survey, LocalCircles says with 49 per cent of citizens in 2020 who said that corruption has reduced, but this percentage dropped to 39 per cent in the 2021 survey.
In the matter of tackling air pollution, again those who answered in the negative, that the government had not taken enough measures in the last three years to improve the air quality and reduce pollution was at 44 per cent followed by yes at 42 per cent.
The price of essential commodities and if cost of living had reduced in the last 3 years, was also answered in the negative with 73 per cent no’s and 17 per cent yes’.
In the points where the government was able to perform better was on ease of doing business where the yes was at 52 per cent and the no at 32 per cent. In the matter if India’s image and influence in the world has improved in the last three years, the responses were a positive yes at 79 per cent and no at 15 per cent while the cant say was at 6 per cent.
Also, in the question if terrorism and acts of terror in India or against Indians have reduced in the last 3 years the positive responses were 81 per cent followed by a low number of no’s at 14 per cent and can’t say at 5 per cent.
The responses also saw 74 per cent of those who said they felt optimistic about their own future and their family’s.