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Nasik Swami
Sunday, August 20, 2017

INCENTIVES for the economically marginalised in society are making the Government popular among many Fijians, according to USP-based economist Dr Neelesh Gounder.

Analysing the results of the August Tebbutt-Times poll, Dr Gounder said initiatives such as the micro and small business grants, and the reduction of the tax threshold made Government very popular. The public's sentiments about Government, he said, had not changed since the last poll on the State's performance. Most Fijians gave either very good or good ratings on this measure. Among demographic groups, more Fijians of Indian descent say the Government was doing a very good or good job. The strong approval, however, runs across all demographic groups.

"This could mean the people view the Government 'is run for their benefit'. Despite the Opposition running a strong drive of several issues affecting Fijians in the last six months, the Government retains strong approval with 76 per cent approving performance in terms of running the country," Dr Gounder said.

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