According to the nationwide tracker poll conducted prior to the Union Budget by IANS CVoter, respondents clearly stated that the pandemic and its aftermath had caused economic distress for their families.

Yet, they consistently rated the performance of the NDA government higher than the previous UPA regime when it comes to economic policies and performance. For instance, the performance rating of the Narendra Modi-Nirmala Sitharaman duo fell from 33.9 percent as “better than expected” in 2020 to 25.6 percent in 2022. In 2010, the duo of Manmohan Singh and the late Pranab Mukherjee had a respectable 24.9 percent.

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The contrast gets even more stark when you dig deeper into the data. When the Indian economy under the UPA regime performed poorly, the better than expected rating plummeted from 24.9 percent in 2010 to 5.8 per cent in 2013.

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