Govt. approval rating drops to 3% in June: Verité Research ‘Mood of the Nation’ poll

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The Government approval rating in June has dropped to 3% from 10% in January according to Verité Research’s Gallup style “Mood of the Nation” poll.

The poll assessed the approval, satisfaction, and confidence of the nation in relation to the government, the country, and the economy.  It was conducted as a part of the syndicated survey instrument by Verité Research. This instrument also provides other organisations the opportunity to survey the sentiments of Sri Lanka.  

Verité Research said Government approval rating was 3% to the question “Do you approve or disapprove of the way the current Government is working?”. Verité said only 3% said they approve. In January 2022 this rating was at 10%. 

To the question, “In general, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way things are going in Sri Lanka?”, only 2% said they were satisfied. This rating was at 6% in January 2022. 

Economic confidence was a negative 96. Verité said multiple choice questions on the condition and trajectory of the economy are used to generate an economic confidence score. The score can range from negative (-) 100 to positive (+) 100. A score above zero means more people see the economic conditions positively rather than negatively. 

If everyone thinks the economy is in either excellent or good condition, and everyone also thinks it is getting better, the score will be (+) 10. If everyone thinks that the economy is in a poor condition, and everyone also thinks it is getting worse, the score will be a (-) 100. No one rated the economic condition as excellent. 1.8% rated it as good; and 1.3% rated it as getting better. The resulting score was a (-) 96. This rating was (-) 83 in January 2022. 

Implementation of ‘Mood of the Nation’

The poll is based on a countrywide nationally representative sample of responses from 1,052 Sri Lankan adults, conducted in June 2022. The sample and methodology was designed to ensure a maximum error margin of under 3% at a 95% confidence interval. The polling partner was Vanguard Survey Ltd.