Daw Aung San Suu Kyi tops PACE public-trust survey

Seventy percent of Myanmar people trust State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, or 1pc more than for President U Win Myint, according to a survey by the People’s Alliance for Credible Elections (PACE).

Ko Sai Ye Kyaw Swar Myint, executive director of PACE, said, “Maybe the State Counsellor’s high trust rating will be an advantage for the [ruling National League of Democracy] in 2020. However, to be politically mature, people should vote for a party’s policies not for a person.”

Some people criticised the report. Kaung Kaung wrote on The Myanmar Times’ social media page, “There is no choice to vote for parties in Myanmar. If the people have a choice or the NLD doesn’t change its policy, the NLD will not be sure to win like in 2015. Don’t be so proud.”

The NLD has been criticised by some observers for several failures while in office, such as the lack of progress in the peace process, ministers who were charged under the anti-corruption law, and slowing economic growth.

According to the PACE report, entitled “Citizens’ Political Preferences for 2020,” the State Counsellor and the president got the highest rating of public trust among all institutions in Myanmar, the military got a 44pc public trust rating, and Facebook got the lowest rating of 18pc.

Most remarkable about the report was that the people’s trust in religious leaders had fallen from 80pc to 48pc in 2016.

The attitude of people towards the NLD was 52pc positive, 22pc neutral and 7pc negative. The attitude towards the main opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party was 26pc positive and 19pc negative. The new People’s Party formed by the ’88 generation students got 14pc positive and 7pc negative rating, according to the report.

The survey showed no improvement in the knowledge of democracy and attention to politics of the public during the past five years: “12pc of people only know how to vote for president,” Ko Sai Ye Kyaw Swar Myint said.

The nationwide public opinion poll was the fifth conducted by PACE, which surveyed people in 511 villages and wards in 233 townships across the country.

Source: Myanmar Times

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