Sri Lankan Public Opinion Is in Favor of a Negotiated Solution to the Conflict

A public opinion survey commissioned by the National Peace Council and conducted by the Marga Institute in June and July 2006 showed that 79 percent of respondents preferred a peaceful resolution of the country’s conflict. Two thirds desired a greater involvement of the international community, and 55 percent wanted the role of the existing international monitoring mission strengthened. Just 34 percent of those polled believed that a solution to the country’s conflict should be sought within the confines of a unitary state. The majority was in favor of greater devolution of power. Acceptance of power-sharing models would be even greater with better public information of what they entail. The survey was conducted from a sample of 5,000 individuals from all provinces and communities of Sri Lanka.