|SUPPORT FOR DUNCE: He who took the country by force.|
The pro-regime Lowy Institute in Australia has released a poll claiming there is majority support for Frank Bainimarama.
The poll was apparently done last month and surveyed 1,032 people. (Funny how all these things ... like the Engaging with the Pacific were done leading up to the Pacific Leaders Forum)
According to the Institute, 1000 of those surveyed don't like the international pressure being applied on the regime to return Fiji to democracy.
It says 63 per cent of correspondnets either strongly disagreed or partly disagreed with the approach being taken towards Fiji because of the 2006 coup by Bainimarama and his supporters.
According to Lowy, Bainimarama's performance as Prime Minister was highly regarded by 66 per cent and 65 per cent said Fiji was heading in the right direction.
The poll also found 68 per cent approved of the role the military currently play in Fiji and 53 per cent think the RFMF should continue to play a role in politics!
Conveniently, the survey said most people were against the church being involved in politics while 61 per cent think the unelected government listens to the people and 43 per cent think the media has become more reliable since the 2006 coup!
It's not clear how the Institute, which has criticised Australia's approach towards Fiji and tried to spearhead a campaign for a 'new dialogue' with Suva came to do the survey, which was released today to regional leaders at the Forum in Auckland.
But we think it reeks of bias and is embarrasingly pro-regime. And considering Fiji's population of 800,000, a poll of 1,032 is hardly credible.
Not surprisingly, nothing was said about how corrupt the regime is or how Bainimarama is a mere puppet or that he has allowed Fiji to be run into the ground by incompetent people he apppointed.
Nothing said also about him using the military to intimidate people to ensure his reign continues or that he's breached human rights. This survey is totally removed from the realities of Fiji.