Survey reveals 75% Canadians don’t know who PM Narendra Modi is

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A survey by Angus Reid Institute (ARI) found out that 75% of Canadian people are unaware of who Prime Minister Narendra Modi is.

That level of lack of familiarity with Modi is similar to that in a 2014 poll conducted by ARI. However, since then, Modi has been on a state visit to Canada in 2015 and had a bilateral engagement with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in New Delhi this February.

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ARI’s executive director Shachi Kurl felt that the focus of Canadians were on Trudeau’s visit to India and Canadian Prime Minister gaffes and less on the relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“We don’t have data, but I might speculate that Modi isn’t an English-speaking fixture in the Western media, nor does he attract a lot of notoriety in the Western and European press. Canadians recognise the relationship it has with India, via the diaspora, and through business ties, but Modi is not a big personality or celebrity in Canada the way he is at home,” Kurl said.

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The respondents were given the list of 24 words to select for the world leaders, not to a surprise people selected all the negative words with 74% using ‘arrogant’, the other terms that they used for him the most are liar, bully, dishonest and corrupt. In comparison when they were given the similar exercise to do in 2014, the people wrote influential, charismatic, compassionate, inspiring and credible for Barack Obama.

As for their own leader, the poll evidenced the mixed feeling people have about Trudeau. While the word most used for him is charismatic, the other four among the main descriptors are weak, compassionate, arrogant and bumbling.


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