|Oct 21, 2011
The credibility of the scandal-ridden UPA Government has touched
an all-time low as it flounders from crisis to crisis and seeming not
able to put one foot right - the latest instances being its callous
indifference as Telangana burns, and its cluelessness about the alarming
coal shortage and near-death situation in power plants all over the
It is only to be expected then that the October round of the monthly LensOnNews tracking poll should find that 72% of the respondents say they are dissatisfied with the performance of the UPA Government at the Centre with only 24 % saying they are satisfied. These numbers are no different from those of a month ago, and are sharply worse than those recorded in August.
Though Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s personal ratings on his performance as PM are a little better than that of his Government (68% saying they are dissatisfied, against 29% saying they are satisfied), there has actually been a deterioration in his ratings successively over the last two months.
Spotlight on the BJP
When queried by LensOnNews as to who among the BJP leaders they consider the best PM candidate, 50% of all the respondents irrespective of their political affiliation picked Narendra Modi, 16% L.K. Advani, 13% Sushma Swaraj, and 5% Arun Jaitley. However, among voters who favour a BJP government at the Centre, Narendra Modi scored 60%, Advani and Sushma Swaraj were 13% each and Arun Jaitley 2%; the balance 12% preferred others or had no preference.
K. Balakrishnan is Editor, LensOnNews and was formerly Research Editor, The Times of India.