Reuters features key findings from the 2018 Survey of the Afghan People

December 5, 2018 — Reuters published an article, “Afghans pessimistic ahead of 2019 elections, survey shows” featuring the 2018 Survey of the Afghan People. The story ran in Yahoo! News, Daily Mail, EuroNews, and 18 other international news sources.

Afghans are pessimistic about their country’s direction ahead of elections next year, Afghanistan’s largest annual opinion survey said, citing concerns about security, lack of jobs and corruption.
Insecurity was the top reason for pessimism in the Asia Foundation survey, cited by 72.5 percent of participants, followed by the economy and jobs, poor governance and endemic corruption, along with irregular electricity and water supply.
Only a third of those surveyed – 32.8 percent – said the country was moving in the right direction, the same proportion as last year, the survey said.
The level of optimism reflected ethnic and local differences, with the highest confidence levels in mainly Pashtun areas of the east and the lowest in the capital Kabul, the center and the north, areas where many ethnic Tajiks and Hazaras live. 

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