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IRI survey: AL-led govt gathered strong public support with economic development

  • Published at 09:15 am January 15th, 2020
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The result statement of the survey was published on the IRI website

A recent nationwide survey by the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Center for Insights in Survey Research has shown that the Awami League government gathered strong public support with successes in economic development, especially in infrastructure.

The result statement of the survey, published on the IRI website, also mentioned that the government "must take steps to respond to citizen concerns over corruption and economic issues" to ensure sustained support.

“Successes in economic development — particularly improvements in infrastructure — have translated into strong public support for the government,” IRI Regional Director for Asia Johanna Kao said in the statement.

File Photo of the under-construction metro rail project in Dhaka | Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

“However, if the government is to secure sustained support, it must take steps to respond to citizen concerns over corruption and economic issues.”  

The statement also said approval of the government’s job performance rose 19 points since IRI’s May 2018 survey to a high of 83%, and more Bangladeshis now have a positive view of security, political stability and the country’s economic future.  

"However, 76% of respondents also believe that economic inequality is increasing, and 31% say that corruption has negatively impacted their lives. Further amplifying concerns over corruption, a plurality of respondents (19%) say that this is the single most important problem facing Bangladesh today (currently)," the statement added.