Sri Lanka govt’s constitutional reform communication unsuccessful: CPA poll

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Apr 03, 2017 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Centre for Policy Alternatives’ latest opinion poll on constitutional reforms shows that 55 percent of those polled believe the government has been unsuccessful in communicating about current discussions on constitutional reform.

Within that number almost 30 percent said that the government has been very unsuccessful in publicising the content of discussions within the Constitutional Assembly and its sub-committees about constitutional reforms.

Nevertheless, awareness about the constitutional reform process has somewhat increased when compared to CPA’s October 2016 survey.

In March 2017, 29 percent of Sri Lankans said that they are somewhat aware compared to 22 percent in October 2016.

Those who say that they did not know that a constitutional reform process is taking place has reduced to 12 percent from 24 percent.

The poll also showed that 1.1 percent of Sri Lankans believe that the government’s performance since January 2015 has been excellent and does not need any improvements.

42.3 percent said that the performance has been good but the government needs to show better results.

23 percent believe that the government’s performance has been bad but that it should be given more time to deliver results, while 16.5 percent think performance has been very bad, and that the government should be voted out as soon as possible.

When asked if the current constitution should be wholly replaced with a new constitution or whether the current constitution should continue but with some needed changes, 23.5 percent of those polled said that we need a new constitution while 38.9 percent said that the current constitution should continue but with some needed changes.

The three key areas that Sri Lankans believe the Government should prioritise at present are: Economy and development, law and order, and corruption.

This selection was made out of a list of five key areas, the other two being constitutional reform and reconciliation.

When asked what specific aspect of their first choice (economy and development) the government should prioritise, people said it should be to reduce the cost of living.

Conducted in the 25 districts of the country, this survey captured the opinion of 1992 Sri Lankans from the four main ethnic communities. The selection of respondents was random across the country, CPA said. Fieldwork was conducted from March 14 – 19 of 2017.

Social Indicator (SI) is the survey research unit of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and was established in September 1999, conducting polls on a large range of socio-economic and political issues since its inception.