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Survey Indicates Awami League Lost Its Popularity

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Prothom-Alo Jorip 2013After finishing their four years the incumbent Awami League government has lost its popularity on the other hand the ooposition BNP gains the ground.
In a latest survey conducted by Org-Quest Research Ltd along with national daily prothom-alo says, Awami League government lost its popularity further to 35% from 38% in 2011. On the other hand opposition BNP gained its popularity to 44%, which was 1% more that last year survey.
Beside that Grand Alliance partner Jatio Party also gained its popularity to 12%, which was 8% in 2011. Meanwhile 18-party alliance Jammat-E-Islami also lost its popularity to 3%, wich is 1% less that last survey conducted on 2011.
The study was conducted by adopting multi-stage, stratified and systematic random sampling technique (as explained below) to make the study as representative as possible, by dividing the country into 7 divisions and urban and rural areas.
According to the survey report the citizens are unhappy with the performance of Awami League government. Findings of the survey indicate a not very commendable performance of the incumbent government. Rating on performance has been constantly declining over the past years in all areas, with the exception of education, and to some extent the communication sector.
Price control measures were believed to be toothless. Endorsement for price control measures taken by the government shows slight improvement from 21% in 2011 to 29% in 2012, as against which 70% in 2012 felt that the government was unsuccessful in curbing the price of essential items.
Situation of law and order shows a significant deterioration compared to last year. Opinion in favor of improved law and order situation has declined significantly from 43% last year to 39%, opinion against went up from 20% to 38%, and the rest 23% thought it remained same during this regime.
About 84% of the population commented against extra-judicial killing, however 70% think it has declined current year.
The state of corruption also shows a marked deterioration compared to last year. Percentage of those who think corruption has gone up during this regime has gone up from 46% last year to 49% this year.
Governments rating with regard to anticorruption were no exception. When asked, if the Anti Corruption Commission was being able to work independently, negative response went up 52% to 56%.
Performance with respect to judicial system showed no sign of improvement. It was rather believed to be heading in the opposite direction. When asked if the judicial system has improved under the present regime, negative response went up from 38% to 40%.
Education sector remained an exception, which standing tall in midst of ruins, and shining like a bright star in the cloudy sky. When asked if steps taken in education sector by the government was successful, and an overwhelming majority (93%) responded affirmatively like the last year.
Most people (76%) voiced against the abolition of holding general election under caretaker government. And an equal number (76%) opined that the next general election will not be free and fair without a caretaker government. About 59% of the population think there is no chance of Understanding between 2 major parties on this regard and 89 percent of the people think military support is needed for free and fair elections.
Despite all the negetive indicator, Sheikh Hasina seemed to have gain some ground to 65% from 64%. On the other hand Khaleda Zia lost some popularity in the last year as its drop from 73% to 64%.
The survey also revealed that people were not happy with government’s attitude towards Dr. Mohammad Yunus as more than 60% disapprove it, compare 25%, who supported it.

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