A pre-parliamentary election survey conducted by the prestigious Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has found that former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the primary candidate of the opposition United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA), is slightly ahead of Ranil Wickremesinghe, the chief candidate of the ruling United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) among the majority Sinhalese community.
But Wickremesinghe has overwhelming support among the ethnic and religious minorities, namely; Lankan Tamils, Indian Origin Tamils and Muslims.
The survey conducted from July 22 to 29 among 1986 respondents from all the 25 districts of Sri Lanka, found that 36 percent of Sinhalese wanted Rajapaksa to be Prime Minister while Wickremesinghe was preferred by 31.9 percent.
For Premiership (Overall) 39.8 % 27.5 %
Sinhalese 31.9 % 36.0 %
Tamils 62.3 % 1.8 %
Up country Tamils 71.2 % 1.2 %
Muslims 62.3 % 1.6 %
Province for Ranil – Western, Central, Northern, Eastern, North Western, Uva and Sabragamuwa.
Mahindha – Southern and North Central