7 Sep 2011

Opinion poll suggests strong support for Fiji's interim PM

12:23 pm on 7 September 2011

An opinon poll says Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has an approval rating of more than two thirds.

The poll by the Australian think tank, the Lowy institute, was conducted on the main island, Viti Levu, in August, and polled 1,032 people.

Megan Whelan reports.

"Commodore Bainimarama has good support from 66% of the people polled, and 65% believe Fiji is heading in the right direction. An overwhelming 95% of people support the right to vote in a free election, and around half the people felt the interim government is doing a good job making progress to elections. The Pacific Islands forum, currently meeting in Auckland, is seen as the most important regional organisation for Fiji, and 79% of people disapprove of Fiji's suspension from the regional organisation. The majority of people believe the country should be left alone to sort out its return to democracy, and sanctions against the country should be lifted."