The images of helpless migrant labourers walking long distances to get back to their native places may have given hope to the critics of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that at least now his popularity may wane. The unprecedented economic crisis in the wake of the two-month lockdown might turn the masses against him. However, on the contrary, his net national approval rating, according to an IANS-C Voter State of the Nation 2020 Survey, is at nearly 66 per cent.
As if that is not enough, the net rating of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is 0.58 per cent. The ruling BJP seems to be well aware of this unbridgeable gap, considering the perennial party focus on him.
The highest endorsement rate of the Prime Minister is in Himachal Pradesh with 95.1 per cent. The Prime Minister's net approval rating is over 90 per cent in Odisha and Chhattisgarh. Incidentally, the Congress was voted to power in the Chhattisgarh in 2018 after a 15-year rule of the BJP.
Even in Punjab and Rajasthan, both Congress-ruled states, Modi's popularity stands at 68.84 per cent and 68.43 per cent, respectively. In the southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, where the BJP remains on the margins, Modi's net approval rating is 32.89 per cent and 32.15 per cent respectively. Barring these two states, the Prime Minister is going strong all over the country, the chart showing him above 50 per cent in every single state.
Compared to Modi, Rahul Gandhi has only 36.12 per cent net approval from Kerala, which sent him to the Lok Sabha. Tamil Nadu is the second most favourable state for him, where he has met with a 26.11 per cent.