IRI Releases Survey of Cambodian Public Opinion

Jan. 10, 2011, 10 a.m.

The International Republican Institute (IRI) has released a survey of Cambodian public opinion.  The poll covers issues such as the direction of the country, and top issues such as education and farmland.

The poll reveals strong approval of the direction in which the country is going.  Seventy-six percent of Cambodians think their country is moving in the right direction, only six points down from a peak in 2008.  The top reasons cited for right direction were the building of infrastructure, primarily roads and schools.  The top reason cited for wrong direction was corruption.

The top issues facing Cambodians are health, jobs and natural disasters, with younger Cambodians putting jobs first.

Of rural Cambodians, 85 percent own land, but only 17 percent of those report sufficient irrigation.  Over the past three years, five percent of Cambodians report having some of their land taken away from them.  The most popular solution to a lack of farmland is an increase in land titling.

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