Majority confidence still there, popularity declining
Two years after the Awmai League-led government came to power, it still enjoys confidence of 48 percent of the population who are satisfied with its performance, The Daily Star-Nielsen opinion poll shows.
More than a half of the respondents think the country is heading in the right direction; and Sheikh Hasina as the prime minister still enjoys almost half the respondents' approval.
However, when compared with the previous three polls, the latest one shows that the popularity curves, on all counts, are on a declining trend, sharply in some respects.
The poll, fourth in a series, was conducted on 2,520 respondents in 44 of the 64 districts covering all seven administrative divisions.
Economy, and especially inflation, appeared to be the weakest point of the government, and in the last two years people's view on the issues turned dimmer.
But the respondents were positive on the law and order situation.
Although a large number of people (47 percent) think corruption decreased, a large chunk (31 percent) also think the opposite. However, if compared with the previous polls, it shows that now more people think graft actually increased. Moreover, the majority (73 percent) think the Anti-Corruption Commission is government controlled, and not acting neutrally.
Respondents' view on the opposition's politics is almost evenly divided with 30 percent having a negative opinion and 28 percent thinking positively.
Khaleda Zia as the leader of the opposition saw a declining popularity, drawing endorsement of 30 percent respondents. Her approval rating was 39 percent a year ago.
Power generation remains a weak spot of the government as more people now think not enough initiatives have been taken here.
Respondents are equally divided in their opinions on the judiciary -- 40 percent thinking it is independent, and an equal percentage thinking it is not politically neutral.
A high percentage of respondents are hopeful that allowing India to have transit facilities will yield benefits for Bangladesh.
A large number of them also did not support the recent hartal called by BNP.
The respondents were asked which party they would vote for if an election was held immediately. Awami League came out the winner with 39 percent vote while BNP got 22 percent.