?pcountry Tamils (A78" and !uslims ('7.$8".*learly the +inhala public is far less majoritarian supremacist than their rulers want@need them to be& even after years of concerted fear/cum/hate mongering by the ajapaksas and their more rabid proies. -nd that cannot but be bad news for the +iblings because their political project depends on inter/communal disharmony. 3ithout terrifying enemies and potent threats Bamilial ule and 2ynastic +uccession cannot survive.The *P- survey paints the picture of a people who are open to logic& reason and ordinary kindness& a people capable of drawing closer together on the basis of common problems& shared interests and human sympathy. The divides do eistC but they are not unbridgeable.-nd the best bridge between the communities is their growing dissatisfaction with the present and their increasing pessimism about the future.0The Dconomy& +tupid46.68 of ,ankans and A6.A8 of +inhalese think that current national economic situation is somewhat bad@very bad. 5f this category the absolute majority (9.68 of ,ankans and %%.%8 of +inhalese" believe that the government is responsible for this unhappy state of affairs.5nly )8 of ,ankans think that their own financial situation improved in the last two years while 6'.98 of ,ankans think that their own financial situation deteriorated. 5nly AA.)8 of ,ankans think that the general economic situation improved in the last two years. =ust )6.'8 of ,ankans believe that the general economic situation will get better in the net two years.*omparing the results of the '$) survey with a similar survey by the *P- in '$$ provides some interesting insights into the trajectory of public opinion. There is a country/wide decrease in wellbeing@security and in future epectations. - growing number of ,ankans believe they live less well and less safely today than they did two years agoC a growing number of ,ankans are less hopeful about the future than they were two years ago.The +inhalese are no eceptions to this general trend.In '$$& just )6.'8 of +inhalese thought their financial situation got worse in the two preceding yearsC in '$)& almost a half of +inhalese (A7.)8" think that their financial situation deteriorated in the two previous years.In '$$& 6).78 of +inhalese believed that the general economic situation improved in the two previous years. ;ut by '$)& this figure has crossed the key 68 markC only A78 of +inhalese think that the general economic situation improved in the two preceding years.In '$$& a mammoth 98 of +inhalese thought that the general economic situation will get better in the net two years. In '$) only )E.68 of +inhalese think that the general economic situation will improve in the net two years F a decrease of A68& in just two yearsThe reason for this drastic increase in pessimism is sourced in the yawning gap between popular priorities and ajapaksa priorities.Dpressways& ports& airports& convention centres& sports complees and other mega infrastructure projects& so beloved by the ajapaksas& do not figure on the spending priorities of ordinary people. !ost ,ankans think that education& health and agriculture should be prioritised in spending national wealth.