VOTERS PREFER AWAMI LEAGUE OVER BNP
This marks only a 7% gap between the arch rivals compared to the much wider gaps that exist in the Hasina-Khaleda and Joy-Tarique comparisons
If there is an election right now, 41% people will have voted for the Awami League and 34% for the BNP, a Dhaka-Tribune opinion poll has revealed.
This marks only a 7% gap between the arch rivals compared to the much wider gaps that exist in the Hasina-Khaleda and Joy-Tarique comparisons.
Interestingly, among the respondents belonging to the 18-24 age group, the BNP is more popular than the Awami League. When asked who they would vote for if there was an election right now, 48% of them said BNP and 34% Awami League.
In another Dhaka Tribune opinion poll conducted right after the January 5 election last year, the two parties were literally neck and neck in terms of popularity – Awami League 35.6% and the BNP 34.8%.
In another poll conducted right before the election in December 2013, the BNP with 36.8% preference slightly outnumbered the Awami League’s 35.9%.
In the latest opinion poll conducted in the last week of December last year, over 11% said parties and alliances other than those led by the Awami and BNP would win if there was an election right now; 7% said they did not know or could not say; and 1.6% refused to answer.
The opinion poll, in which 600 randomly selected adults from both sexes were interviewed over telephone, shows that 48.6% of the respondents want to see Awami League President and current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the helm of the of the government in future.
BNP Chairperson and former three-times prime minister Khaleda Zia is less than half as popular; only 22.2% respondents said they vision her as the next premier of the country.
While former military ruler and JaPa chief HM Ershad was chosen by 7.5%, nearly 22% said they would prefer to see someone other than these three as the prime minister of the country in future.
PM’s son Joy, who advises his mother on information and communication technology affairs, was chosen by 52.4% of the respondents when asked who is the best fit for the next generation leader of Bangladesh.
Khaleda’s son Tarique, who has been living in exile in London for seven years and is accused in several corruption and criminal cases in the country, was chosen by only 24.5% of the respondent.
The higher is the age of the respondent, the less popular Tarique came out; 33.2% of the respondents belonging to the 18-24 years age group preferred him; 20% from the 25-34 group, 22.1% from the 35-50 group and only 13.5% from the 50-plus group thought Tarique could be good future leader.
Interestingly again, nearly a fifth of the respondents think neither of them are fit to lead the country in future. Around 4.4% refused to give an answer.
JANUARY 12, 2015