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ICYMI: POLL FINDS STRONG SUPPORT FOR DEMOCRACY IN BURMA

Last week, the International Republican Institute (IRI) released a public opinion survey that found strong support for democracy in Burma.  Over 75% of the respondents agreed that although democracy may have problems it is better than any other form of government.  Prior to 2011, the country was an isolated pariah state run with an iron fist by the ruling military junta.  Recent reforms have opened up the country and prompted the international community to lift many of the sanctions that were in place for decades.  This ground breaking survey sheds light on the true desires and aspirations of the Burmese people.  You can read the full results of the survey here.

 

During a Freedom Collection interview, democracy activist Khin Lay discussed some of the changes that have occurred since Burma’s opening:

 

 

Elizabeth Hoffman is the Program Manager for Human Freedom at the George W. Bush Institute.