On December 11, The Asia Foundation released the Afghanistan in 2013: A Survey of the Afghan People, the longest-running public opinion poll in the country. Topics for polling included sentiments on security issues, political participation, the economy, women’s rights, and development. This 9-year old survey has polled 55,000 Afghans since its conception, including the 9,000 citizens from 34 provinces polled in this year’s report.
For a summary of the report, The Asia Foundation has created a useful info-graphic that can be found here.
Some noteworthy findings include:
- 57% of respondents feel that Afghanistan is moving in the right direction; 38% believe it is heading in the wrong direction sighting insecurity and unemployment as two of the larger reasons for concern
- When asked what they believed was the biggest challenge for women in Afghanistan, 27% of respondents believed it was lack of education/illiteracy, 12% believed it was the lack of job opportunities, and 8% felt it was domestic violence
- Since 2008, public sentiment towards the Afghan National Police, including perceptions of honesty and fairness, work towards promoting security, and ability to successfully promote justice has improved only slightly
- Support for Armed Opposition Groups has declined. 71% of urban respondents are more likely to have no sympathy at all, but only 61% of rural respondents agreed.
- 74% of respondents felt the government had adequately provided clean drinking water, but only 41% respondents felt that the electricity supply was adequate
- 46% of those surveyed believed that the United States had provided the greatest amount of funding for local development projects, 24% thought Japan provided the most funding, and 16% felt Germany had provided largest developmental assistance
To read the survey results, please visit the Asia Foundation website here.