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77pc feel Bangladesh now politically stable : IRI survey
Published :Friday, 1 April, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 109

Staff Correspondent
Around 73 percent of Bangladeshis feel that the country now goes in the right direction while 77 percent feel the country is now politically stable, according to a survey report of the Center for Insights in Survey Research of the Inter-national Republican Institute, a US-based organisation.
The IRI revealed the survey report on Wednesday (March 30). However, the report was available in the IRI website on Thursday.
According to the report, overall 83 percent of Bangladeshis think that the security conditions in Bangladesh were very good or somewhat good.
The report said 73 percent of people of Bangladesh feel the country is going towards the right direction; a nine percentage point increase since November 2015 and a 38 point increase over the last two years.
Around 72 per cent of the respondents were optimistic about the country's future. They believe their personal economic situation will improve in the coming year.
Still, Bangladeshis list the economy and security as their country's biggest problems. Anxiety about security in particular has increased eight percentage points since November 2015 and at 21 percent is now tied with the economy as the most important problem facing Bangladesh.
The percentage of respondents who listed corruption among the most important problems facing Bangladesh dropped from 18 to nine percent since November 2015.
The top example of corruption in Bangladesh - cited by 45 percent of respondents - was paying a bribe to secure a job.
For the first time the Center for Insights in Survey Research tested Bangladesh public opinion regarding extremism.
Fifty-three percent of respondents say they feel political extremism is a very big problem in Bangladesh and 44 percent feel that religious extremism is a very big problem.
When asked generally about the main cause of extremism, 'political differences' was the most common response with 38 percent while religious extremism was mentioned by only 6 percent of respondents (47 percent did not respond).

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