Opinion poll shows Awami League gaining people’s trust, more people want govt to complete term

An opinion poll has found the ruling Awami League is gaining the trust of the people in Bangladesh with most participants saying the country is heading in the right direction. However, they also marked corruption as the biggest obstacle to development and most disapproved of the actions of police, parliament, and the opposition. The findings of the survey with a sample size of 2,500, conducted by Nielson-Bangladesh for the US-based research organisation, International Republican Institute (IRI) in May and June this year, was published on Wednesday.
  • The results show, in the one-and-a-half year after assuming office for a second consecutive spell, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government has 66 percent support, while her party, the ruling Awami League, has garnered one percent more. Despite shortcomings, people were feeling increasingly optimistic about the country’s prospects, with 62 percent of the respondents believing it was on the right track. That is a six percent rise from the results of a similar survey in 2014.

  • A total of 60 percent said they liked the Awami League. A similar share said they did not support the Jamaat-e-Islami and Jatiya Party. BNP is liked by 40 percent, while 46 percent said they disliked the party.

  • The respondents also justified their increased support for the Awami League, based on factors they look for in a political party such as strength of leadership, young leaders, support for women, etc.

  • Greater confidence on the Awami League seen among the participants because, they said, of the work done for education, infrastructural development, health, and national security.

  • However, most identified corruption as the main obstacle to development along with factors like political instability and law and order. Most of the respondents, 68 percent, said they were satisfied with the state of law and order, while 64 percent felt the political situation was stable.

  • The public support for a caretaker government to hold elections appeared to have weakened, according to the survey findings. In 2014, 77 percent wanted national polls under such an arrangement, while 18 percent had opposed the notion. But the findings of 2015 show a 10 percent fall in support, while opposition to it has climbed to 22 percent.

  • Along with the fall in support for holding polls under a non-elected government, the survey also found that the respondents were keen to see the present government complete its term.

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