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52% of S. Sudanese say country heading in wrong direction: poll

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July 19, 2013 (JUBA) - At least 52% of South Sudanese have expressed dissatisfaction with the way the government is managing the country’s affairs, a survey conducted by the International Republic Institution (IRI) shows.

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South Sudanese citizens in Juba celebrate during an event marking the country’s one year independence anniversary (UN/S. Winter)

The survey, whose results were officially released on Friday found that the public felt government has not done enough to address crime, poverty, food shortages and destitution.

‘‘Majority of the South Sudanese, 52% felt that the country is heading in the wrong direction, citing crimes and the security, food shortage, famine and poverty, destitution as key problems facing the country,” said Gabriela Serano, IRI’s South Sudan Country Director.

Conducted between April 24 and May 22, 2013, the survey sampled at least 2,533 adults aged 18 and above in all the 10 South Sudanese states.

The survey assessed a wide range of subjects related to democracy and governance as well as the general environment, the economy, service delivery, attitudes towards government, peace and security, attitudes towards women, constitutional issues and perceptions towards political parties.

While some respondents said the government needed to do more to improve living standards, 64% said their life is better off than it was before the country attained independence two years ago.

68% of the respondents remained satisfied or very satisfied with the performance of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement as the country’s ruling political party while 71% said they had a very favorable or favorable impression of President Salva Kiir, a slight slope from the 82% rating in the September 2011 survey.

On the impact of the decision of the government of South Sudan to shut oil production from January 2012 to April 2013, 82% said the decision impacted on them. 54% said shutting oil production, the country’s largest source of revenue, was a wrong decision by government.

On resumption of oil production, 90% of the respondents said it will have a positive impact on their lives.

The survey also found that 56% of respondents have no knowledge of the constitutional making process and 59 percent of those polled had heard nothing from the government institution that will be in charge of drafting the new constitution.

However, 49% said it was important to consult citizens during the process of drafting process.

The latest poll US-based institute is the third to be conducted in South Sudan. The outcome of the poll is closely followed by the policy makers and senior government officials.

REACTION TO THE POLLS

Atem Yaak Atem, the deputy information hailed the poll, saying there was need for the government to improve on its shortcomings other than running away from reality.

On the timing of the report, however, Atem said he does not believe it was conducted with ill motives. There is already an ongoing jostling for top political positions, as South Sudan goes to the polls in 2015.

Mark Nyipuoc, a senior member of the south-ruling party (SPLM) said opinion polls are very important because they create awareness and identify needs of the population.

As a result, he added, the public has become a more important player in national affairs in South Sudan.

Ohide Wilfred, a student of Juba University said food shortage and insecurity is a big problem in the country adding that the opinion poll has substance.

Garang Deng, a native of Northern Bahr el Ghazal currently visiting Juba believes that the poll has provided leaders with ideas on what policy to promote

“I am not surprised about the result. I know the importance of the opinion polls myself because I lived in the United States of America where opinion survey is carried out regularly by the government through research groups and institution," he told Sudan Tribune Friday.

The polls provide leaders with idea of what to do to promote policies, he added.

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  • 20 July 2013 07:58, by Gäär

    Two things will happen before or during the 2015 elections:
    1. Genocide as a result of war between Nuer and Dinka or
    2. Slava Kiir will leave the seat to make way for others
    Because what these Dinkas are doing is to make sure that their own Dinka man remains in power. WE WILL NOT ACCEPT THAT. We will fight tooth and Nail to liberate other South Sudanese from these illiterates. I promise you.

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    • 20 July 2013 08:17, by Dinkawarrior

      Two things will be happened if Dr. Ceith Holocaust Traitor Riek Machar is still pushing for leadership, he will either died or running back to Khartoum.

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      • 20 July 2013 10:59, by Wicdail

        Two things will happens, if your fool president is still sticking for power; he would either died before 2015 or the war will breakout between Jieng and Naath. And I’m 100% sure Jieng will lose that war and Nuer will occupied some territories from Dinka land for some years before international community intervene. It will happen mark my words. Otherwise let’s pray for kiir to rethink.

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      • 20 July 2013 18:09, by The Brilliant Warrior

        Dr.Riek Machar is your only Godfather. He prevents disasters against your people. You will see what the armed Nuer Youth will do in the absence of Dr.Riek’s effort to avoid what is inevitable. Forget the past disasters. Focus on the looming disasters. It is unavoidable.It’s upto Kiir. Let’s see the men in action. Not in the net, but in the fields. All you do is cry when the reality kick in.

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    • 20 July 2013 09:18, by Dinka Nhialic

      @ Gaar
      u are a very prominent idiot, evil, illiterate, backwards Nuer who is a village Champion and attempt to engaged in Politics but u are very far from what we thinks, Dinka and Nuer have no much records of fighting amongst themselves in the position, this Country is for all of us but not for Dinka nor Nuer. If u hope of genocide between Dinka Nhialic and Nuer u will face it rough shame on u.

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      • 20 July 2013 09:28, by Matem Ngor Matem

        @ Gaar
        We don’t expect such comments in this forum, we are all South Sudanese with one tribe of known as South Sudanese, not Nuer or Dinka,pliz, this is the Country that all of us are proud of it not such kind of genocide u thoughts of, delete that from u mind, it will lead u to grave, we are brothers and sisters. Who told God to create u as Dinka or Nuer? It is God plan, he is not stupid pliz.

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    • 20 July 2013 11:18, by Ram Mi Raan

      Even though opinion polls is more than that percentage, no change will be made because the system is confused from the top to the bottom. who is going to plan and put those concerns in action, top senior govt officials are only busy to embezzle money. they put their personal interests then the public one. Failed system!

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    • 20 July 2013 15:09, by Mr. BB

      You have organic brain my dear, keep developing such brain more powerful and stronger than it is now.

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    • 20 July 2013 21:36, by siddaw

      Shame on this glutonic plonker who is accentuating the gigantic war btw Dinka & Nuer. I’m a gallant supporter of Dr. Riek but what the empty headed Nuer preach on these sites is what will surely hesitate my vote from reaching him. He’s a good guy but from a background where the basic laws are unapplicable.
      Shame on u. Let me return my vote to this mediocritic Kiir or someone else but not Riek.

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    • 21 July 2013 07:57, by Black Power

      South Sudan is not a Dinka or Nuer property so stop this nonsense.

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  • 20 July 2013 08:22, by Marco Bul

    Look at this fool called Gäär.U are talking of genocide will the topic is about gov’t failure.This data is inadequate.It should have been98.9%.This gov’t has becone a liability! Let us not b appease at the last minute.They must go!!

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  • 20 July 2013 08:26, by Diu Tut Deng

    This cow boy Salva kiir is heading my country in to dustbin, because of his johnnie walker loving? Oh God

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    • 20 July 2013 08:58, by seeker

      This is true but many people who where in South are not now in South Sudan so today it is 70 percent.This is how tyrant governmentall about!

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    • 20 July 2013 08:59, by seeker

      This is true but many people who where in South are not now in South Sudan so today it is 70 percent.This is how tyrant governmentall about!

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    • 20 July 2013 09:43, by Arakataa

      Tut Deng
      you really know that if the cows went to the river to drink water and there is a frog in the water making creaking sound it does not prevent a bull or the whole cows from drinking water so you guys be quite there is time to come but not now for those who usually surrenders themselves to Arabs

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  • 20 July 2013 09:02, by Chol A.

    This is none sense survey full of bias do any country improve such services in just only one source of in come! If another person take lead in south Sudan I will be worst than now because I never heard any country can do all needs for citizen without supportive resources. Ross peoplenow too greedy in leadership, public money, hatred and development. Look South Sudan now improve as it not like b4

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    • 20 July 2013 09:20, by Dengdittueny

      It is true that the country is heading in the wrong direction because of vice who day and night plans for failure of Kiir rather than success. The only best way to achieve development is to appoint vice president from Equatoria and remove this troublesome vice. The mess in SPLM is caused by two visionless DRs. of Machar and Lam. I prove them to be DRs because of troublesome making in south sudan.

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    • 21 July 2013 08:54, by Deng M. Nyang

      Brother Chol
      Your statement is correct how can you take a sample of 2,000 people from the population of more than ten million and you conclude that the opinion of that sampled people represent the majority. This survey is 100% biased, the so called IRI has hided agenda and my advice to the Centre of Population at South Sudan is to look careful at the activities of that Institute, check its questio

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  • 20 July 2013 09:31, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    This institution IRI should be shutdown due to always exeggerating the country affairs. Dr. Riak is playing this game but it will lead him to death or back second defection as opposition or rebellion.

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  • 20 July 2013 10:34, by Majongdit

    Gaar,
    1. Fact: There can be a genocide if the entire Dinka go into war
    with Nuer.
    2. False: That Nuer can defeat Dinka
    There can be genocide in Nuerland. So let us avoid it by all means. Ok?

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    • 20 July 2013 13:12, by wang

      Majongdit
      Hahahahahahahah…hahahaha…Genocide in Nuerland, start training your youth as we Nuer always inform our enemy….in advances… it will happen automatically…..

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      • 20 July 2013 16:44, by Majongdit

        Wang,
        Do you think you are talking to Dinka Bor? No! The Nuer usedthe Arabs arms and ammuitions to destroy Bor in 1991 when it is a small section of the Dinka. If the entire Dinka decides one day to attack Nuer they can all swept to Ethiopia or go afloat with River Nile.

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      • 20 July 2013 17:49, by panom lualbil

        After disarmament of all DEFECTORS (NUERS) by SPLA, there’re still certain of their types in this FORUM who lived lives at REFUGE CAMP to become terrorists of our country nowadays, WICHALI above is right. MR WANI IGGA has concluded it that TWO YRS Country is like toddler learning how to walk, but people with great appeal in leadership wont listen. Whatever, the previous convention by 4 States is

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        • 20 July 2013 18:10, by panom lualbil

          the ONLY way the country can go regardless of who want to commit suicidal. Some people see MR PRESIDENT like enemy and bring excuses but without HIM, we wont even arrive to CPA. There was crime during civil-war [a serious crime] but MR KIIR has managed it. Leaving master of criminals-RIAK MACHAR as a failure.

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          • 20 July 2013 18:53, by panom lualbil

            There were rebellions, tribalism and corruption during strugl even there was a time GARANG declared it that he ONLY found right warriors to fight Arabs than right distributors of foods- was that don’t meant corruption? I’m from TWII [town] of LATE PRESIDENT but I don’t like negativity if NYANDENG DE GARANG is. There’re many peaceful TRIBES, therefore NUER N DINKA shouldNOT drive the country crazy!

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  • 20 July 2013 12:20, by William Atak Garang.

    for pessimists,such a primitive the uncivilized ideas are not there and they will not happen here in the South. Even if you anticipate for South Sudanese to fight among themselves because of leadership, i will declare it is a nightmare i deas. we the Dinka community knows that president one day or one time, will leave this position, but not because of genocide, but through democracy election.

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    • 20 July 2013 12:53, by Wicdail

      That’s good point Mr W. Atak Garage,
      But you have to tell those internet warriors from your community to retain from insulting other tribes and respectful leaders. No one want this to happen, but we got no choice sometimes when thing come to our back yard. Kiir should behave like a leader who have been elected into power by 98% of this nation. His ruthless behavior will trigger us to war.

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  • 20 July 2013 12:25, by wang

    Thanks you Southerners for expressing your dissatisfaction with that cattle keeper which driving this young nation into hells….although, it was a good to give those Gogrial a chance and we the rests will take that lessons we learnt from their son and we will never dare try to give them that set against…even when Jesus come back…

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  • 20 July 2013 13:01, by Dengdittueny

    Ayuiu, I do not agree on shutting down of IRI because facts must be told, shutting down IRI is your naïve thinking because data is part good planning.

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    • 20 July 2013 13:55, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Dengdittueny
      IRI in S. SUDAN is lying look last month, this institution was exeggerated the number vote president Kiir out risen to 93% in Greater Bhar el Ghala is that true? I think it is wrong.

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  • 20 July 2013 21:52, by Angelo Achuil

    I hope our leadership read and listen to this message. Polls are actually the votes at the end. They tells how the common man/woman really feel out there in their houses.

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