IRI’s Public Opinion Survey: Myanmar

03 October 2019

International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Center for Insights in Survey Research did a new nationwide poll called Public Opinion Survey: Myanmar. The data was collected between June 19 and July 14, 2019 with the collaboration with Myanmar Survey Research (MSR).

The public opinion Survey showed that public satisfaction with Myanmar’s current direction and support for further political reform, but heightened concerns over illicit drug use, the cost of living and crime.

Senior Director of International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Center, Ms. Sonji Gloeckle explained more about the public opinion survey research.

“Throughout the ongoing political transition, the people of Myanmar have had a positive outlook about the country’s direction. At the same time, they are concerned about a number of issues that are important for the government to address.” Bb                             

According to the survey, 77 percent of respondents felt that the country is headed to the right direction, 75 percent felt the same in IRI’s April 2017 report and 88 percent from February 2014.

The poll showed strong public support for continued political reform. A combined 80 percent of respondents “strongly support” with 43 percent or “somewhat support” with 37 percent making it easier to amend the country’s constitution. A combined 51 percent support state and regions having more control over their natural resources.

“This poll speaks to the desire of the people of Myanmar for far-reaching political reform. The country’s leadership has a unique opportunity to undertake a number of changes to better represent all of Myanmar people.”

U Min Zin, Executive Director- Insitute for Strategy and Policy-Myanmar said during the survey launching ceremony on October 1st at Melia Hotel Yangon,

“This kind of Public Opinion Survey has helped the country for the betterment in every corner. I would like to congratulate everyone who has put great efforts into this survey. It was really great to know that 77 percent of respondents felt that the country is headed in the right direction, 75 percent felt the same in IRI’s April 2017 report and 88 percent from February 2014.”

With regard to the survey finding, Daw Z. Nang Raw, Director of Policy and Strategy, Nyein Foundation, who has got a lot of experiences working with local communities in Myanmar, especially Kachin State also expressed that,

“What attracts me most about the survey is what has been mentioned in the page number 18, which is about the corruption. The question was that “In the past 12 months, how often have you had to do a favor, give a gift or pay a bribe? The answer was that 95 percent says not at all, 4 percent says less frequently and 1 percent says monthly. But we need to understand the giver and the receiver. We do not emphasis more on the giver side, when we talk about corruption.”

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