‘12232 people voted and that became Mood of the Nation of 130 cr people!’ Twitterati mock India Today ‘survey’
‘The only difference between the Mood Of The Nation survey results and PM’s Mann Ki Baat is that the survey results are not announced by the PM through All India radio and DD,’ a user tweeted
The India Today group on Thursday announced their latest edition of Mood of The Nation (MOTN) survey, which claimed that ‘most people’ felt that Prime Minister Narendra Modi handled the Covid-19 pandemic well, his approval ratings remain high, and if elections were to be held today, his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would win again.
A report carried by its website claimed that the bi-annual survey was conducted in 97 parliamentary and 194 assembly constituencies across 19 states. “A total of 12,232 interviews were conducted between January 3 and January 13 to gauge the nation's mood,” it said.
It went on to specify that the MOTN survey had found that PM Modi's approval ratings stood at 74 per cent (outstanding 30 per cent, good 44 per cent), ‘only a marginal dip from the 78 per cent he enjoyed in the August 2020 edition of the survey. “Sixty-six per cent of people are satisfied with the NDA government's performance, as per the latest survey,” it said.
Following the report carried by India Today, several users took to microblogging site Twitter to express incredulity at the so-called survey’s ‘results’, while others mocked it for the small sample size.
We compiled a few tweets capturing various reactions:
‘The Mood of the Nation & other similar “surveys” are yet another form of manipulation just like TRP ratings. No self-respecting editor can deny in private that the BJP is always first shown the alleged survey results to allow them to make the tweaks they want before release.’
‘The only difference between the Mood Of The Nation Survey results and PM's Mann Ki Baat is, the survey results are not announced by the PM through All India radio and DD :)’
‘12232 people voted and that became Mood of the Nation of 130 Crore people’