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Behind the Scenes: Polling 10,000 Afghans

November 15, 2017

By Editor

The 2017 Survey of the Afghan People polled 10,012 Afghan respondents from all major ethnic groups across all 34 provinces, on what they think about security, migration, the economy, the Taliban, their government, elections, and women’s rights. This video captures scenes from the intensive, month-long polling process as 929 trained enumerators crisscrossed the country conducting face-to-face interviews in one of the most challenging research environments in the world. Hear from former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl Eikenberry, and The Asia Foundation’s country representative in Afghanistan, Abdullah Ahmadzai, who narrates the film, on the challenges and opportunities the country faces today, and how the survey plays an essential role in informing policy makers on an annual basis on what matters most to citizens.

Related locations: Afghanistan
Related programs: Survey of the Afghan People


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Afghanistan in 2018: A Survey of the Afghan People

The longest-running and broadest nationwide survey of Afghan attitudes and opinions.

Afghanistan in 2018: A Survey of the Afghan People