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Narendra Modi to be the PM again if the Lok Sabha elections are held now

An opinion poll projects Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be the PM again with 360 seats to the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) if the Lok Sabha elections are held now.

A staggering 65% feel Modi is best suited to be the next PM, says the latest India Today Mood of the Nation opinion poll published in the latest issue of the weekly. It says 28% feel Rahul Gandhi is the best alternative to PM Modi to successfully challenge him in 2019.

As regards the seat share in the 543-member Lok Sabha, it gives the Congress-led UPA only 60 seats and others 123. As regards the vote share, it says NDA will get 42%, UPA 25% and others 33%.

The opinion poll also registered widespread support to the government”s demonetisation drive and surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). It says 45% believe demonetisation will curb black money and boost economy.

Asked whether demonetisation will help BJP politically in the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, 56% said “yes, it made the Modi-led government popular” while 28% claimed it made the government unpopular and 16% didn”t comment.

On Modi”s performance, more than one-fourth or 27% to be exact gave him credit as an “outstanding” PM while 42% rated him good, 19% give him average, 6% poor and 3% very poor.

The survey was conducted by market research firm Karvy Insights Limited across 19 states from the end of demonetisation deadline on December 30 until January 9, interviewing 12,143 persons, 53 per cent of them in rural and 47% in urban areas, spread across 97 Lok Sabha constituencies covering 194 Assembly seats.

Asked if post-demonetisation, income-tax rate should be reduced in the forthcoming budget next Wednesday, 32% wanted it reduced substantially, 36% only to some extent while 18% do not want it reduced.

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