Democracy and Sharia in Bangladesh: Surveying Support
abstract
This research brief is based on a face-to-face representative survey of 4,067 households in Bangladesh conducted in April 2017. Respondents indicated overwhelming support for key democratic principles, such as elected representatives, an independent judiciary, freedoms of speech and assembly, and property rights. However, the survey also reveals a perceived gap between the theory and practice of democracy in Bangladesh. There is disappointment in the ruling class and in governance failures.