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One Year On Khalid Hasan dissects the opinion polls It's been one year since Sheikh Hasina raised her hand to swear an oath to faithfully execute the duties as Prime Minister of a country of 150 million people. Hasina ran on the promises of change, hope, and progress. As the reviews of her first twelve months pour in, there seems to be a mixed reaction on what the public think about her performance. Recently, The Daily Star-Nielsen conducted an opinion poll among the adult population (18 years and above, both in rural and urban areas, male and female). In the Opinion Poll 2010, the people of Bangladesh have given Sheikh Hasina and her government a split decision regarding their first year in power. Fifty-three percent of the people questioned in the survey released on January 8, 2010 appeared to be satisfied with Hasina's government while another 12% appeared very satisfied, which together make 65%. Among those surveyed, 17 percent are dissatisfied while the rest of them are indifferent to the issue raised and the question asked. Hasina's Rating In the survey, Hasina remains personally popular and gets decent ratings on her overall performance, although Awami League was rated positively within the rage of 50-60%. Around 72% approved her role as Prime Minister while the rest were either indifferent or disappointed. Khaleda's Rating The one-year performance of Khaleda Zia as the leader of the opposition was also rated by the people in this survey. It is evident that although 39% of the people are satisfied, a large number of them are either dissatisfied (29%), or are indifferent, (23%). Just after the establishment of the new government, people expected that there would be a very vibrant Parliament that would resolve people's expectations and crisis. The recent survey indicates the frustration of the people. When asked about the behaviour of the opposition -- their boycotting the parliament for months for instance -- 75% of them said they are not satisfied with this attitude. Rather, they said that BNP should join the parliament. Only 4% was in favour of the opposition's role. Topmost Attention The respondents were also asked to identify the areas which have received topmost attention from the government. They were asked the same question in three different studies (Exit Poll 2008; 100 days survey; and 1 year survey). In all the studies, responses were similar. They cited the following as the areas which received topmost attention from the government: (1) price control, (2) food security, (3) corruption control, (4) law and order situation, (5) education, and (6) power supply. However, in the 2010 Opinion Poll, respondents rated job creation (19%) as the third most important issue to the government, which was not made prominent in the earlier surveys.
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People's Expectations Several surveys (including Exit Poll, 100 days survey, and 1 year survey) indicate that the majority of Bangladeshis want their government to address six basic issues -- controlling prices of essential
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