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Poll Shows Gen. Sarath Fonseka Leading

[The Sunday Leader.lk, Saturday, 5 December 2009 19:46 No Comment]

A poll conducted within seven electorates in the Western Province has indicated Gen Sarath Fonseka is the more popular candidate, beating President Mahinda Rajapakse. 42% of the 2,000 plus sample believed Gen. Fonseka can do a better job. President Mahinda Rajapakse is trusted only by 39%, while 19% not expressing any opinion. The difference is expected to further expand within the next few weeks.

This clearly indicates a sheer slide in President Mahinda Rajapakse’s popularity. The only explanation for the deviation from the higher percentage of votes Peoples’ Alliance received in the recent provincial council elections is a possible diversion with the real hero of the war entering the political fray. It could be possible the people have better hopes for the real hero rather than the fake one.

The survey has also shows the key issue of the forthcoming Presidential Elections is economy. 62% had identified continuously rising cost of living as the key problem they face. This is another disadvantage for President Mahinda Rajapakse, who is yet to show any economic management skills. It can be assumed that the people want a future United National Party government to address the economic issues the present government has failed to solve.

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