An island-wide opinion survey by a Sri Lankan youth led organization and Parliamentary group showed that 28% of Sri Lankans do not want to see any of the present political leaders to become the next President but instead call for a ‘totally new face’ from a ‘third political force’ to be the new 2020 President.
34% (one-third) of Sri Lankans will vote for a Common Candidate jointly backed by UNP/UNF, UPFA and minority political parties.
Conducted by Sri Lanka Youth Front and the Forum of Former Young Parliamentary MPs, the poll said that this 28.33% immediately reject Present President Sirisena and PM Wickremesinghe and even former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
They also clearly rejected the present political culture and political parties adding “an entirely new alternative political outlook is needed”.
Former President Rajapaksa’s SLPP has received the position of “most preferred single political force” in the country with 22% respondents choosing it.
Only 14.15% have chosen the UNP led UNF in the same way.
However, interestingly the number of respondents likely to vote for the minority political parties (including Tamil and Muslim) have exceeded even those preferring to vote for the UNF at 15% (UNF only 14.15%)!
Even though Former President Rajapaksa’s SLPP has received the position of “most preferred single political force” in the country with 22% respondents choosing it, a larger 34% (more than one-third) of Sri Lankans will vote for a Common Candidate jointly backed by UNP/UNF, UPFA and minority political parties.
However, this Common Candidate should be non-political and a new personality without having any previous political affiliations, the survey showed. The survey also showed that the candidate choice of Sri Lankan Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith for next President “will be very decisive.”
The JVP received higher than SLFP led UPFA. JVP received 2.5% preferences while UPFA received only 2.3%.
9% said they will not vote for anyone at the 2020 Presidential elections, but will destroy/invalidate their ballot sheets.
4% are not supportive of any person or political view.
Another 2.68% are having moderate political views apparently without taking any sides.