Sharp decline in Yogi Adityanath popularity as UP CM

With less then two years of coming to power, the anti-incumbency seems to be rocking to worst against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The Political Stock Exchange data compiled by Axis My India for the India Today Group, show that Adityanath’s popularity level has slipped significantly over the last three months

At a time the BJP and mostly Sangh Parivar hopeful of projecting him as an alternate to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose popularity is fading away at very fast, this data certainly causing upset to them.

It may be recalled that Yogi Adityanath turned as a `star campaigner’ after Narendra Modi and Amit Shah for BJP in all successive elections in the country. The most worry some issue is that  Yogi’s popularity after two years as the CM of Uttar Pradesh is 6 per cent less than that of Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Raman Singh at the fag end of their third terms as Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

As the BJP gets into poll mode for the Lok Sabha elections, the high level of dissatisfaction against the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh comes as the latest headache for the ruling party.

In the first tracking poll done by Axis for India Today in September, Yogi Adityanath enjoyed a popularity rating of 43 per cent. Worryingly enough for BJP supporters, the latest round of polling done by Axis shows that Yogi’s popularity has fallen by 5 per cent in the last three months. In the third week of December, only 38 per cent of the respondents said that Yogi Adtyanath was their preferred choice for the next chief minister.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav who enjoyed a popularity rating of only 29 per cent in September has jumped 8 per cent points to 37 per cent in December. In this round there is only a 1 per cent gap between the incumbent UP CM and his principal rival. Mayawati’s popularity has declined from 18 per cent to 15 per cent between September and December.

 In the PSE data from November, 44 per cent of the respondents wanted Shivraj Singh Chouhan as the next CM of MP, an equal number wanted Raman Singh as CM in Chhattisgarh, while only 31 per cent wanted Vasundhra Raje as CM in Rajasthan. This means that Yogi’s popularity is now 6 per cent less than the popularity of the BJP Chief Ministers who were voted out in MP and Chhattisgarh. The only BJP CM whose popularity was less than that of Yogi Adityanath was Rajasthan’s former CM Vasundhra Raje.

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