IRI | Bangladeshis Optimistic for the Future; More Inclusive Government

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A nationwide poll of Bangladeshis released by the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Center for Insights in Survey Research reveals that a majority think the country is headed in the right direction, but wish to see a more inclusive government.

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“The optimism reflected in this survey presents the government with a great opportunity to deliver on the issues of concern to

 

75 % of respondents feel that the country is headed in the right direction. This development may be linked to improvements in the country’s economic situation: 63 % report that their personal economic situation has improved

 

Bangladeshi citizens,” said Derek Luyten, IRI Regional Director for Asia. “By taking steps to create a more inclusive decision–making process and demonstrate its commitment to democracy, the government can harness this goodwill to make enduring improvements for the Bangladeshi people.”

Bangladesh security situation. ©IRI

A clear majority (75 percent) of respondents feel that the country is headed in the right direction. This development may be linked to improvements in the country’s economic situation: 63 percent report that their personal economic situation has improved over the past year, and 68 percent expect their situation to improve over the next year. However, 20 percent also cite the economy as the country’s top concern, in a near–tie with security (19 percent).

Respondents voiced strong support for democracy, with more than half (55 percent) affirming that a democratic system of government is “definitely more important” to them than a prosperous economy.

Additionally, a combined 66 percent “strongly support” (45 percent) or “somewhat support” (21 percent) the ruling Awami League seeking input from other political parties. ■

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—Image Credit: Arif Ahmed

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