Bangla govt rides high on popular support: Surveys

Last Updated: Friday, January 8, 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.

PTI

First Published: Friday, January 8, 2010 - 20:54
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