September 17, 2015

Indians adore Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during a press conference in Canberra, Australia, on Nov. 18, 2014. (Photo credit: Mark Graham/AFP/Getty Images)

One year after history-making political change swept the country, Indians’ fervor for their leader Narendra Modi has not abated. A new poll in India shows the public’s views of the country’s direction and the economy are on the rise.

Even so, Indians continue to see problems in their daily lives and in foreign relations. Nevertheless, in advance of Modi’s visit to the United States later this month, Indians are confident in relations between the two countries. Here are some of the key findings from a new Pew Research Center report:

1Indians are overwhelmingly more positive about their country than they were two years ago. More than half (56%) of Indians express satisfaction with their country’s direction – up 27 percentage points from 2013. And nearly three-quarters say the current state of the economy is good, whereas only 57% said so two years ago.

2FT_15.09.17.ModiIndians’ love for Modi runs across the country. Fully 87% of Indians have a favorable view of Modi, including a strong majority (68%) who see the prime minister very favorably. And among all respondents – men and women, the young and old, the urban and rural populations and members of the three national political parties – a majority holds very favorable views of the prime minister. One exception is supporters of the main opposition party, the Indian National Congress.

3Indians Worried About Air Pollution and Climate ChangeEnvironmental issues are a growing concern. Indians express increasing concern about air pollution. Across seven national challenges, roughly three-in-four Indians say air pollution is a very big problem compared with about only half who voiced that view in 2014 – a rise of 22 percentage points. Coal, a major pollutant, accounts for approximately 71% of India’s electricity production, according to most recent statistics from the World Bank.

Furthermore, among seven global issues, Indians are most concerned about climate change. Over seven-in-ten Indians (73%) are very concerned about global climate change, compared with 49% who are concerned with global economic instability, the second-highest response.

4Indians give a thumbs-up to the national government and the military. The public’s support for the central government (93%) parallels its high support for Modi and his party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (both 87%). Since 2014, the government saw a 30 percentage point increase in those who say its influence is very good. And fully 95% say the military’s influence is good – with nearly three-quarters saying it is very good.

5Indians' Views of Other CountriesIndians have high opinions of the U.S. and President Obama. Later this month, U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Modi will meet in New York to discuss, among other issues, climate change – a top concern for Indians. Meanwhile, 70% of Indians hold a favorable view of the U.S., and ratings of Obama, who visited India in January 2015, are even higher, with nearly three-quarters of the public expressing confidence in him to do the right thing regarding world affairs.

Topics: Asia and the Pacific, Energy and Environment, International Governments and Institutions

  1. Photo of Hani Zainulbhai

    is a research analyst focusing on global attitudes at Pew Research Center.

16 Comments

  1. Shiparan11 months ago

    Hope nobody give you to represent S India. It is only your view not of S population. I would say you are not realistic but opportunistic

  2. South Indians Dont11 months ago

    Hi, South Indians dont adore Modi.Please change your title to Hindi people.Yeh, its a majority, but hey .Heez nobody to us.

    1. South Indian11 months ago

      I am a south India and I admire and respect Mr. Modi for his vision and commitment to better India.

    2. South Indian11 months ago

      Speak for yourself. I am a southy and fully support Modi Ji.

  3. jyotsna11 months ago

    this is really a very good feedback .. when Indian Media which tries each and every stick to just pull down his popularity and defame him at any cost this reseach is a big slap on its face.. I dont know why the hell opposition every day starts barking for no reason and spread negatvity about Modi Govt..

  4. Suresh11 months ago

    It is true that majority of Indians think that Modi would do the best that can be done by a PM for the country. I wish him for success and pray to god for give him health to lead our country at least 15 years.

  5. K J Shetty11 months ago

    We Indians should be happy that ‘Modi’ happened to India when things and the future of our Nation was taking a turn toward disaster only a year or two back. Now it appears that the whole atmosphere has lighted up and the road ahead for every Indian and India is very bright and abundantly promising, thanks just for great stewardship of Mr Modi as PM. Now I am really proud to be an Indian. Long live Modi.

  6. Mallan11 months ago

    This is indeed eye opening research by you. Thank you so much. As Indian media and opposition is spreading negativism about Modi. This gives them hefty reply and they may also say that it’s paid publicity but you pls don’t worry. Modi is the future of India, thinks can change better if state and Center are in sync. We are sure that Modi will bring change to our country.

  7. ack unni11 months ago

    Majority of Indians r proud of our Pm and it will be greater day by day

  8. Alok Pant11 months ago

    Mr prime minister forsight is very strong whatever steps he is taking . rightnow not looking very attractive but in long terms it will be very fruitful to make a strong economy and a strong country

  9. N Srikanth11 months ago

    The media and the participants at the talk shows lead by infamous anchors have been falsely projecting a sense of negativism about this NDA government and Modi. We are very happy to see an independent research organisation coming up with the facts on the ground , that are far different. To hell with the falsehoods of the Indian media. really speaking they should be charged with rumour mongering to the detriment of India. Jai Hind.

    1. rahul11 months ago

      correct, I fully agree !!!

  10. Shantha Kumari11 months ago

    ndians’ love for Modi, including a strong majority (68%) who see the prime minister very favorably. And among all respondents – men and women, the young and old, the urban and rural populations and members of the three national political parties – a majority holds very favorable views of the prime minister. One exception is supporters of the main opposition party, the Indian National Congress…………….shanthamalai

  11. shantha kumari mg11 months ago

    Modi’s visit to the United States later this month, Indians are confident in relations between the two countries. Here are some of the key findings from

  12. KP ND11 months ago

    This is an eye-opener for many, and something the opposition parties would take with disbelief.
    It is true that majority of Indians think that Modi would do the best that can be done by a PM for the country, but it appears during discussions with people at large that things are not improving on the ground and people have started getting impatient.
    Perhaps people want to give Modi more time. Perhaps many of them understand that it is the local government which is to blame if the cutting edge systems are not functioning. Perhaps people are appreciating things happening on the ground too in areas under control of the federal government.

    1. Arabinda Swain11 months ago

      no modi is the worst PM