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In Thailand, the score is the lowest since the military took power in May 2014.   © Reuters

Asean-5 survey shows little faith in political leaders

FTCR's Political Sentiment Index suggests last year's optimism is fading

| Vietnam

Citizens across the Asean region see little cause for confidence in their governments, according to FTCR's Asean Political Sentiment Indices for the second quarter of this year.

The index fell in three of the five countries surveyed, with only the Philippines showing signs of rising optimism, though much less so than a year ago. A pick-up in the economy raised spirits in Malaysia, though the country remains by far the most pessimistic in the region. Thailand's index fell close to the 50-point mark that separates optimism from pessimism following another decline, while corruption and governance issues in Indonesia and Vietnam led to a dip in their indices.

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