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Burmese public ‘no confidence’ in authorities: survey

(IMAGE: Yangon School of Political Science/ Asia Barometer)

Findings in a recent public survey show that a majority of the Burmese public has little to no confident in the country’s police, courts and Union Election Commission.

The results of the survey, conducted with some 2,000 members of the public by the Yangon School of Political Science and Taiwan-based Asia Barometer group, were released on 24 August.

According to the pollsters, only 23 percent of participants said they had confidence in police; 26 percent offered a vote of confidence for the judicial system, and 30 percent said they trusted the Union Election Commission. Compared to surveys in neighbouring countries, the Burmese public has the lowest confident in its police and courts.

Thirty-seven percent of the survey’s participants said they have confidence in the military. But this is again the lowest percentage compared to regional countries.

The institution that garners the highest confidence by the Burmese public is the television – at 42 percent – followed by the president with 40 percent.

The survey consisted of more than 200 questions, and was conducted in 36 towns across Burma, including ethnic areas.