Govt's 1-Year Performance Rating  

Survey Methodology
The present government led by the Awami League and its alliances (popularly known as 14-party great alliance or “Mahjot”) completed its 2nd year in power on January 05, 2011. With a view to understanding people's perception about the government's performance, The Daily Star and Nielsen Bangladesh jointly carried out an opinion poll in end December, 2010.
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The survey explored the general perception on politics according to gender, age group, urban-rural and different constitutional settings, socio-economic and geographic divisions.

To ensure that the sample properly represents all possible categories, respondents were selected from the following groups:

* Urban and rural areas,
* Male and female population,
* and age 18 years and above

Study Design: The sample for the poll covered the entire population residing in private dwelling units. Administratively Bangladesh is divided into seven divisions. In turn, each division is divided into districts, and each district into upazilas. Each urban area in the municipality is divided into wards, and into mahallas within the wards. Each rural area in the upazila is divided into union parishads (UP) and into mouzas within UPs. Therefore, Primary Sampling Units (PSUs) were mouza in the rural areas and mohallah in the urban areas. From each PSU, required number of households and respondents were selected randomly. The list of mouzas and mohallas were procured from Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Therefore, to capture overall picture of Bangladesh, the poll was carried out in 44 districts, covering all the 7 administrative divisions across Bangladesh.

A target number of completed interviews with eligible adult population were set at 2,520 based on statistical estimation, both from rural and urban areas. The split among these areas was based on national rural-urban population distribution. The survey was quantitative in nature, interviewed at household level and the survey period was December 12-22, 2010.

The opinion survey strictly adhered to the internationally laid down methodology and ethical standards as per the guideline of Nielsen Worldwide.

Demographic profile of the respondents:
- Average age of respondents: 36 years, starting from 18
- Male-Female ratio: 50:50
- Literacy range: 73 percent literate, 27 percent not literate, but many can sign names
- Rural-urban ratio: 70:30