PM Modi’s approval rating came down 14 per cent since late March and 34 per cent since a high in May 2020 pushing him to the second spot as of June 29, according to the poll published by Morning Consult.
He lost the top spot to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, whose approval ratings have increased by 13 per cent.
Hit by the disturbance caused by Covid pandemic, only five out of 13 world leaders saw their approval ratings rise between March and June.
Germany’s Angela Merkel gained 11 percent, but has not returned to the 20+ percent of net approval she enjoyed between December and January.
While the failure of India’s Covid response is one of the prime reasons for the lowering of PM Modi’s ratings, critics have also highlighted the autocratic tendencies within the government which they claim cause problem in relation not only the coronavirus but in many areas of public life.
Other than Modi, French President Emmanuel Macron and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga experienced some of the worst approval ratings and losses in the survey.
While Macron is grappling with vaccination speed, the Covid deficit and a string of extremist attacks, Suga has similar coronavirus-related problems and the pandemic-era Olympic Games on his plate.