Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditayanth has been ranked as the best performing chief minister in India in the latest survey by leading news channel.
Yogi Adityanath managed to secure 24% of the total votes (6% points up from the last survey), becoming “the best CM” for the third time in a row, according to the recent survey. This comes even as the Uttar Pradesh government under Adityanath faces backlash over the recent spate of kidnapping and murder incidents in the state.
According to the latest survey, six of the seven top-performing chief ministers are from non-BJP and non-INC parties. Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal), who has previously been ranked as the number one CM for three times in a row, has slipped to the fourth position (with 9% votes) after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (15% votes) and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy (11% votes).
In the January 2020 nation survey, Yogi Adityanath, with 18% votes, had defeated joint runners-up Arvind Kejriwal and Mamata Banerjee, who secured 11% votes each.
In the August 2019 survey as well, Yogi Adityanath was way ahead of other chief ministers. He had then dethroned Mamata Banerjee who had achieved the top rank in the nation survey conducted in January 2019.
The nation poll was conducted by a Delhi-based market research agency between 15 July, 2020, and 27 July, 2020.
This poll has traditionally been conducted using face-to-face interviewing method. However, in this edition of the survey, due to the unprecedented situation arising out of COVID-19 pandemic, all interviews were conducted telephonically using a standard structured questionnaire, which was translated into regional languages.
A total of 12,021 interviews were conducted — 67% in rural and 33% in urban areas — spread across 97 parliamentary constituencies and 194 assembly constituencies in 19 states — Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
However, the Supreme Court’s verdict on the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya has become more popular with time — 13% see it as the most significant achievement, as opposed to the 9% who said so in the January survey.