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AK Dissanayake (38) and Sajith Premadasa (35) continue to lead in Presidential Election voting preferences
IHP Presidential Election Voting Intentions Update August 2023

IHP’s Sri Lanka Opinion Tracker Survey (SLOTS) MRP estimates of Presidential Election voting intent in August 2023 show little change in likely voters’ support. NPP/JVP leader AK Dissanayake and SJB leader Sajith Premadasa continue to lead with just over a third of adults preferring each, and one in five voters preferring Pres. Ranil Wickremesinghe on 18%. A generic SLPP candidate continues to maintain support of one in ten likely voters (9%). 

The past four months have seen a small uptick in support for President Wickremesinghe, with the NPP/JVP leader retaining a small advantage over the SJB leader.

About IHP

IHP is an independent, non-partisan research centre based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The SLOTS lead investigator is Dr Ravi Rannan-Eliya of IHP, who has trained in public opinion polling at Harvard University and has conducted numerous surveys over three decades. 


SLOTS combines interviews from a national sample of adults (ages 18 and over) reached by random digit dialling of mobile numbers, and others coming from a national panel of respondents who were previously recruited through random selection. IHP estimates voting intent using an adaptation of Multilevel Regression and Post-Stratification (MRP), with multiple imputation to account for uncertainties in its modelling, exploiting data from all SLOTS interviews to estimate voting in a particular month. 

The August 2023 MRP estimates are based on 556 interviews conducted in August 2023, and 12,848 interviews conducted overall from 1 October 2021–13 September 2023, with a margin of error assessed as 3–4% for AK Dissanayake, Sajith Premadasa and Ranil Wickremesinghe, and 1–2% for the other potential candidate. All estimates are adjusted to ensure the sample matches the national population with respect to age, sex, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, education, geographical location, and voting in the 2019 Presidential and 2020 General Elections.


The SLOTS has been funded by the Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust, the UK National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), The Asia Foundation in Sri Lanka, and others, but the sponsors play no role in the study design, analysis, or interpretation of findings. Interested parties can contact IHP for more detailed data and results. 


Date: 26 September 2023
Time: 12:00 PM


Dalreen Barthelot
Email: dalreen ‘at’


Dr. Ravi Rannan-Eliya
Email: ravi ‘at’  Twitter: @ravirannaneliya