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Myanmar 2014: Civic Knowledge and Values in a Changing Society

December 17, 2014

MyanmarsurveyAfter decades of military rule and isolation, a new Asia Foundation survey shows Myanmar’s citizens are hopeful about the future – on elections, respondents say they believe in exercising their right to vote: 77 percent say that voting can lead to improvements in the future, just 10 percent say things will not change no matter how one votes. But this optimism is tempered by challenges that remain. The findings reveal limited knowledge among the public about government institutions and their functions, low level of social trust, a high degree of political polarization, and deep apprehension about economic opportunities. Read further analysis by Kim Ninh in this week’s blog, and view a slideshow from the survey release in Yangon.

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