So far, so good. That, in a nutshell, seems to be the popular assessment in big Indian cities about the performance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government in the first 100 days in office. They believe that the government has got its priorities largely right and holds promise for the future, but are not too enthused by its tackling of inflation.
Modi's own style is seen as a mix of decisive and dictatorial.
These are among the findings of an exclusive poll done for TOI in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune and Ahmedabad. Interestingly, there were relatively minor differences in responses of different genders, age groups and socio-economic strata, but huge variations among cities.
On the whole, Chennai and Kolkata emerged as the cities most sceptical of the new government's performance while Pune, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Bangalore seem the most in awe of Brand Modi.
Overall, 16 per cent of respondents rated the performance of the government as 'excellent' and another 42 per cent rated it as 'good', which means a good majority approve the Modi government. About a third thought it was 'average' and roughly a 12th characterized the performance as 'poor' or 'very poor'.