In the run up to the polls Lanka Business Online published the opinion polls of Org Marg Smart. Dr. Harsha de Silva, a pioneer in opinion polling in Sri Lanka, who has been observing the polling by both OMS and the CPA and their interpretations has attempted a combined analysis of both the OMS and the CPA polls. We give below Excerpts from his views:
It is with interest that many are following the continuing saga of the of the opinion polls prior to the 2 April elections. In my article of 24 March (In the Daily Mirror) I said ldblquote Even though opinion polling is still relatively new to Sri Lanka, it must be recognized that these polls have now become an important factor in the political discourse.
rnI will show in this note that the finding of the pollsters is that public opinion has taken a complete turn around since the beginning of the campaign and that peace has overtaken cost of living as top priority as shown below:rn