For this month's edition of National Approval Ratings, which is taking place less than 90 days from the elections, Cvoter and Republic have conducted two surveys on the standard of living of people - one for this year and the other one for the next year.
The survey was conducted between January 1 to March 7, 2019 during which there the Union Budget was presented.
The survey was conducted across India. People in the survey sample were asked about their standard of living in the year 2019 and 2020.
People in the survey were asked to respond in a multiple choice answer for the question, in the last one year, your standard of living: Improved, Remained the same, Deteriorated, and Can't say.
While less than 2% people voted for Can't Say option and the numbers plummeted for it close to 0.9% on the final day of the survey.
The trends for the remaining responses which got significant numbers are:
The trends show that the opinion of the people on the question was impacted owing to the events of the Budget presentation.
Following the Budget the numbers rose quicker than the entire month before the Budget.
The number of people saying their standard of living in the year 2019 had improved rose to close to 3% from 36.8% on Day 1 to 39.4% on February 1, in a time period of a month. However, close to same amount of rise was seen in less than two weeks after the Budget on February 1. From 39.4% on the occasion of the Budget to 41.9% on February 13. A bigger rise was seen in the number of people who said their standard of living improved this year by March 7 as the percentage increased to 45.6%.
The number of people who said their standard of living deteriorated during the time-span of the survey has shrunk from 31.1% on Day 1 to the last day 22%.It was 29% on the Day of the Budget and reduced to 22% by March 7.
People in the sample were asked - Do you feel that your standard of living in the next one year: Will Improve, Will Remained the Same, Will Deteriorate, and Can't say.
More than half of the people surveyed in the sample voted that their standard of living in the next one year 'will improve'.
On Day 1 of the survey 52.9% said their standard of living in 2019 will improve. The numbers rose steadily and by February 1, 2019 it was 55.7%. Close to over a month, the numbers swelled to 59.3%.
(This SOTN Poll is part of the largest and definitive independent sample survey tracker series carried out in India over the last 24 years, conducted by independent international polling agency CVoter. The CVoter Tracker is carried out each and every week, 52 waves in a calendar year, in 11 national languages, across all States in UTs in India. All our polls are based on a random probability sample as used in the globally standardized methodology, carried out by trained researchers across all geographic and demographic segments. )