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Many Approve of Country’s Direction: Poll

About three quarters of Cambodians in a recent poll said they thought the country was headed in the right direction.

Of 2,000 people surveyed face to face by the International Republican Institute between Jan. 27 and Feb. 26, 77 percent said they thought the country was moving in the right direction; 20 percent said it was moving in the wrong direction.

Most cited the building of roads as the reason they thought the country was improving. Of those who thought it wasn’t, corruption was the most-cited reason.

Prime Minister Hun Sen applauded the survey at an annual financial meeting Wednesday.

“It means that our government and development partners have not walked backward in reform for development,” he said.

Opposition lawmaker Son Chhay doubted the veracity of the survey, saying that face-to-face interviews could lead people to answer fearfully.