Citizens’ Perceptions of Current Political and Armed Conflicts

In this survey research, we intend to bring attention to citizens’ voices which we believe are not only important to listen to but crucial to hold the people in power accountable. The survey was designed to explore the values and principles people believe in, their stance on the strategy of the political leadership, their perception of the ongoing political crisis, and whether they view the current situation negatively or positively. Generally, respondents are pessimistic about the current situation and the level of interpersonal trust is very low. While there is a high level of commitment to democracy among the respondents, they are uncertain about the future of democracy in Myanmar. Even though military means are seen as the most effective way to end political and armed conflicts, there is a growing trend in accepting the role of international and regional mediation, and the dialogue among military and political leaders. Trust in state institutions including state-owned media is very low. On the other hand, the level of trust in non-state actors increased among the respondents, and there is a trend highlighting that the former State Counsellor, (Daw) Aung San Suu Kyi, is still the most trusted leader compared to any other leaders.

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