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The approval rating of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as tracked by Morning Consult, has risen again after its second- covid-wave dip. With our health crisis having eased considerably since its May peak, his approval rating has climbed to 70% from 66% in June, as reported by the survey’s September edition. The latest figure is under his top rating of 84% recorded by this poll in May 2020, soon after the pandemic struck, but marks a remarkable U-turn all the same.

As it happens, Modi tops the poll’s global ratings chart. Of the 13 national leaders polled, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is at second place, followed by Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, German chancellor Angela Merkel, and US President Joe Biden, who is at No. 5 with 48% approval. Compared with his peers across the world, Modi’s popularity seems especially resilient. Even if the sampling technique of this poll could do with statistical scrutiny from a perspective of Indian diversity, such polls tend to call ups and downs right. We haven’t got past covid yet, and while the worst of its trauma may be behind us, the Centre no longer looks as hapless as it did a few months ago. Modi may yet beat his own record.

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