PM Hasina’s popularity marks significant rise: IRI survey


MT Desk:

The popularity of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has marked a significant rise as around 66 per cent countrymen have lent out their support for the Bangladesh premier, alongside the Awami League- led government still riding on a good public support at 64 percent, said a survey of IRI.

The Washington-based International Republican Institute (IRI) conducted the survey between April 10 and May 21, 2018, BSS reported upon receiving a copy of the survey today (Tuesday).

IRI collected data using a multi-stage stratified probability sample through in-person, in-home interviews. The sample was stratified by division, by district, and by urban and rural locations.

Majority people of the country have said the country is marching ahead in right direction under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina while a sense of high optimism is vindicated over the current economic situation, said IRI, a non-profit and nonpartisan organisation, which is committed to advancing freedom and democracy worldwide.

IRI working area covers Asia, Europe, Africa, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa.

The 33-page survey titled “National Survey of Bangladesh Public Opinion” said a staggering 62 per cent people believe the country is going ahead on right path and as many as 69 per cent people are satisfied with the current state of the economy.

On a similar note, an overwhelming support is evidenced in the government’s effort to ensure public security, given that around 68 per cent people satisfied with current security situation, said the survey, adding that 57 per cent people believe the security situation will improve in the coming days

On the front of providing people with basic services, the government enjoys an upbeat mood as 67 per cent people are happy with health care service, 64 per cent with electricity situation and 61 per cent with the development of roads, highways and bridges.

On the current state of democracy around 51 per cent people have expressed satisfaction with the current state of democracy and 51 per cent people vindicated their trust on the work of the parliament.

In addition, around 81 per cent people said to cast their vote in the upcoming election while 51 per cent people gave an affirmative nod on the current state of democracy in the country.

The sample consists of 5,000 respondents aged 18 and older, and is representative of voting-age adults nationally.

An earlier survey, conducted by International Republican Institute (IRI), illustrated a similar tenor of public opinion on the country’s progress.

Released in January 2016, the poll divulged that 64 per cent of the respondents thought the country is heading in the right direction.

Another survey, conducted and released in 2015 by the British Council, ActionAid Bangladesh and the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB), showed 75 per cent of Bangladeshi youths see the country as a more prosperous nation in the next 15 years and 60 per cent think it is heading in the right direction.

Preference of the surveyed countrymen reveals Sheikh Hasina stands out as the most popular and trusted national leader in the country. 72.3 per cent respondents have a ‘good’ opinion about Sheikh Hasina running the country. In contrast, only 26.6 per cent respondents have a good opinion about Khaleda Zia running the country.

According to another 2015 IRI survey, around 67 per cent respondents admitted that Sheikh Hasina is the statesman to be relied upon.


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