• Thursday, July 25, 2024


Days after G20, Modi remains most popular global leader, says survey; Sunak much behind

As per the company’s ‘Global Leader Approval Rating Tracker’, 76 per cent of people approved of Modi’s leadership while 18 per cent disapproved of.

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi delivers remarks during a joint press conference with US president Joe Biden at the White House on June 22, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

LESS than a week after hosting world leaders at the G20 summit at home, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has retained his position at the top of a list of global leaders with the highest approval ratings, according to a survey by US-consulting firm Morning Consult.

As per the company’s ‘Global Leader Approval Rating Tracker’, 76 per cent of people approved of Modi’s leadership. Eighteen per cent did not while six per cent refused to give an opinion.

The Indian prime minister was followed by Swiss president Alain Berset with 64 per cent approval rating and Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador at 61 per cent.

This is not the first time that Modi has topped such a list of rankings.

Some top western leaders such as US president Joe Biden (40 per cent approval), Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau (37 per cent), British prime minister Rishi Sunak (27 per cent) and French president Emmanuel Macron (24 per cent) trailed Modi by far.

According to Morning Consult, the latest approval ratings of the leaders are based on data collected between September 6 and 12, a time period that covered the two-day G20 summit held on September 9 and 10.

“All interviews are conducted online among nationally representative samples of adults. In India, the sample is representative of the literate population,” Morning Consult said on its website.

Modi pulled off a major diplomatic triumph as the New Delhi Declaration was adopted unanimously at the summit with full consensus, proving experts apprehending failure due to absence of the Chinese and Russian presidents at the event, wrong. The Ukraine war was believed to be a major polarising factor, yet India succeeded in bringing all global powers on the same page and reaching an agreed stance.

Modi has been accused by his critics and opponents of using the G20 platform for his own electoral gains and criticised the usage of lotus, the election symbol of his Bharatiya Janata Party in the G20 logo this year. However, his party celebrated the G20 triumph and gave the prime minister a grand welcome at its headquarters in Delhi earlier this week.

Modi is looking to secure his third straight mandate in the next general elections next year.

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