survey shows over 60 percent against JM
A sample survey of 2020 adults by a research unit functioning under
the Presidential Secretariat has revealed that 61.9 percent are
opposed to the Joint Mechanism. While 21.93 percent were in favour,
the survey revealed that 16.98 percent had no views to offer.
a result of the survey, the Presidential Secretariat has decided
to launch a public awareness campaign to educate the public on the
proposed joint mechanism. The thrust of the campaign is to call
upon the people to forget their differences and support the joint
mechanism. It will be carried out through the state media.
two-day research programme had been conducted by a team utilising
telephones. Numbers had been obtained at random from the telephone
who opposed the joint mechanism were of the view that it granted
recognition to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Those
in favour, however, held the view that it was no different to the
Ceasefire Agreement signed by the then previous UNP Government.
34 percent of those surveyed believed President Kumaratunga could
resolve the ethnic conflict, 31.6 per cent thought she could not.
Forty-four percent of them said no politicians could solve the ethnic