More than 96% of Sri Lankans believe that all politicians should be audited and all their unaccounted wealth confiscated by the State.Only 2% believe that the country’s economy will return to its normal status soon, a recent study by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has revealed.
This study has tested public support towards some of the proposals put forward by various parties to address the current crisis.
This study report titled- Confidence in Democratic Governance Index (Wave 2)- was conducted by Social Indicator (SI), the survey research arm of the Centre for Policy Alternatives.
“This scientific opinion poll aims to capture a snapshot of public experiences under the current crisis situation. Further, the poll also examines the causes for the crisis as well as the solutions to the crisis from the lenses of the Sri Lankan public. Given the fragile political condition, this survey was conducted within a very short period of time employing SI’s countrywide field network,” the report stated.
According to the study, nine out of ten Sri Lankans hold the opinion that Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa should resign and that the Rajapaksa family should leave Sri Lankan politics. Also, 87% support the demand that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa should resign.
The study also indicates that in people’s minds the Rajapaksas have no role to play in solving the crisis and removing them is seen as the way out of the current crisis. It is important to note that this view is harboured by all ethnic communities including the Sinhala majority who overwhelmingly voted him in three years ago.
There is clear public support for the other proposals such as, the country should be governed by the council of experts until it overcomes the current crisis, abolishing the executive presidency, establishing an interim government comprising of all parties in Parliament and repealing the 20th amendment and replacing it with an amendment similar to the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. However, people seem to be cautious about the proposal that demands all 225 members of parliament to resign.
Only 56% of Sri Lankans support such a proposal. According to the survey findings, the support for those proposals does not vary significantly across different ethnic communities.
A significant majority of Sri Lankans express pessimism about their future. Only 2% believe that the country’s economy will return to its normal status soon -while 58% think it will take a long time and 14% think that it will take some time. A little over a quarter of Sri Lankans state that they do not know as to when the country’s economy will return to normalcy.