Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after their joint press statement at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Tuesday. As much as 61 per cent of some 200,000 citizens surveyed across the country say they are satisfied with the performance of the Narendra Modi government as it completes three years in office. This is, however, down from the 68 per cent approval after its first year and 64 percent approval after its second year.Forty-four per cent of the respondents in the two-week survey by Local Circles citizen’s engagement platform said the government had met their expectations while 17 per cent said their expectations had been exceeded. Around 59 per cent of the citizens polled believed that the government will fulfil the promises made in its pre-election manifesto. Conversely, dissatisfaction has also risen–last year only 36 per cent citizens said the government’s performance was below expectation. This has gone up to 39 per cent in the third year. The survey also found that the government has been able to better handle Parliament and opposition benches therein during its third year: 65 per cent said the government has effectively handled Parliament and delivered on key bills, like the one on GST.At the same time, individual MPs still remain disconnected from their constituencies, the survey found. Around 69 per cent of the citizens polled said that their local MP is not engaged with the constituency. Around 66 per cent of the citizens believe that the price of essential commodities and cost of living have gone up. This is in spite of the fact that inflation has come down to three per cent.
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