Bangla govt rides high on popular support: Surveys
Last Updated: Friday, January 08, 2010, 20:54
Dhaka: As Premier Sheikh Hasina completed one year in office after the landmark December 2008 polls, several opinion polls have shown that a majority of people support her government and are "satisfied" with its performance.

A total of 53 per cent people were "satisfied," 12 per cent "very much satisfied," 15 per cent "dissatisfied" and 2 per cent "very much dissatisfied" with the performance of the one-year-old government, according to a survey carried out by 'The Daily Star' newspaper.

The poll, conducted in December 2009 among 3050 people of over 18 years of age on random sampling basis, found that 62 per cent believed the country was moving towards the "right direction," 19 per cent thought it was moving on "wrong direction" and 17 per cent saw no change in this regard.

The mass-circulated Samakal daily in another study found that 53 per cent people judged Hasina's performance in the past one year as "more or less satisfactory," 30.40 per cent called it "satisfactory" and 12 per cent said it was "not satisfactory."

The Prothom Alo newspaper in its survey found 46 per cent people believed the country was heading towards the "right direction," 18 per cent thought it was moving "slightly towards wrong directions" and 24 per cent believed it was going completely towards a "wrong direction."

The ruling Awami League under Hasina's leadership was installed to power with three-fourths majority in the widely- acclaimed general elections in December 2008 after two years of emergency under the military-backed interim administration.

The Star poll found that main opposition BNP chief Khaleda Zia scored a much lower rating, with most of the respondents critical of the role of the opposition or were in disagreement with its decision to boycott Parliament.

The Samakal survey found that 65 per cent of their respondents blamed both the ruling and opposition parties for exposing Parliament to a state of ineffectiveness while 15 per cent attributed it only to the opposition and 13 to the ruling party.

The study also noted that an "unusually high percentage" of the people did not know about any success or failure of the government though most of them were unhappy about rising commodity prices, although they acknowledge that the government took steps to curb the trend.


First Published: Friday, January 08, 2010, 20:54

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