100-day program a success: LMD/TNS poll

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  TNS Lanka’s latest nationwide survey, for business magazine LMD, has found that two-thirds of respondents believe the Interim Government has already met some of its pledges, while about 20% say they have placed their trust in the 100-day program, which comes to a close soon. On the other hand, LMD reports that “18% of those polled are of the view that Government assurances are unlikely to be kept…, mainly citing already broken promises.” The magazine adds: “While hopes were raised for genuine unity among politicians through the establishment of a National Government, only 26% of the people state that this expectation has materialised.” As for the general elections, nearly one-in-four respondents feel that they will be ‘a peaceful affair’ – with some making note of the lack of violence during the presidential election and the firmness of the Commissioner of Elections. A spokesman for LMD also notes that there’s a call “by survey participants for all expenses of the Government to be made public”. The April issue of the pioneering magazine has been released to supermarkets and bookstores. Its Cover Story features an exclusive account interview with Justice Shiranee Tilakawardane, Sri Lanka’s first female State Counsel and High Court Judge, in which she speaks about the ‘Invisible Barrier’ – corruption. (For the full story, log on to www.LMD.lk.)