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More than half the Sri Lankan population – 53% – believes local political forces were involved in the Easter Sunday attacks carried out in 2019, according to a survey commissioned in October by Syndicated Surveys.
Those surveyed were given three views prevalent in the country about who was behind the attacks and asked to select the one they most agreed with.
- It was carried out by Sri Lankan extremists who were working with dangerous foreign forces.
- It was carried out by Sri Lanka extremists who were working with local political forces.
- It was carried out by Sri Lankan extremists who were working with both local political forces and dangerous foreign forces.
Fifty three percent believed local political forces were involved while 30% selected the second answer and 23% selected the third answer. Only 8% believed that it was carried out without the involvement of local political forces. A high percentage, 39%, said they have no opinion or refused to comment.
The attacks were carried out on 21 April 2019 (Easter Sunday) with three churches and three luxury hotels targeted in a series of coordinated suicide bombings, killing a total of 269 people.
The poll was conducted in October 2023 and was based on an island-wide, nationally representative sample of responses from 1,029 Sri Lankan adults. The poll has a maximum error margin below ±3% at a 95% confidence interval.
Syndicated Surveys is a survey instrument by Verité Research and the polling partner was Vanguard Survey (Pvt) Ltd. Syndicated Surveys also provides other organisations with the opportunity to survey the sentiments of the people of Sri Lanka through this poll.