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31% of Jordanians optimistic about Royal committee outcomes — poll

Royal Committee Poll
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AMMAN — A poll on the Royal Committee for the Modernization of the Political System published Sunday by the Center for Strategic Studies revealed that only 32 percent of Jordanians trust the committee compared to 68 percent who do not trust it, and only 31 percent are optimistic about its outcomes.اضافة اعلان

Committee’s member Wafaa Bani Mustafa told Jordan News that she is not surprised by the results which indicated that only 32 percent of Jordanians trust the committee. “I believe that it is a continuation of the state of distrust between the citizen and the authorities in general, this figure is not shocking,” Bani Mustafa said.

“This is a reflection of the mood of the street and (people’s) resentment of decision-makers. I hope that the results change in accordance with the committee’s outcome,” she added.

The poll aimed to discern general awareness of the committee’s work, confidence in its work and in its members, awareness of the committee's announcements and news, expectations of the committee's outputs and impact on political life and political parties in Jordan.

According to the poll, 51 percent of Jordanians believe that the outputs of the committee will enhance the role of youth in social work, while 43 percent believe that the outputs of the committee will enhance the role of youth in political work, parties, and elections, and 42 percent believe it will enhance their role in local administration.

As for the committee’s impact on the role of women in public life, the poll showed that 59 percent of Jordanians believe that the outputs of the committee will enhance the role of women in social work, 53 percent believe that committee’s outputs will enhance women’s role in the political sphere, while 49 percent believe that these outputs will enhance the role of women in local administration.

With regard to the parliamentary elections, the poll showed that nearly half of Jordanians, or 48 percent, believe that amending and developing the Parliamentary Elections Law is a priority for political reform in Jordan.

As for how political life reflects on public life, the poll found that a third of Jordanians polled, or 33 percent, believe that their lives will be changed for the better if there are strong and effective parties in Jordan, while 35 percent believe that nothing will change in their lives, and just nine percent believe that their lives will change for the worse if Jordan has strong and effective political parties.

The poll showed Jordanians were pessimistic about the committee’s work, as less than a third of Jordanians, 31 percent, are optimistic about the outcomes of the committee’s work, and 69 percent are not optimistic about the outcomes of its work.

The poll also shows that the majority of Jordanians are not interested in following up on news about the committee, it showed that only eight percent of those who heard about the royal committee follow all the news and statements issued about the committee. Half of Jordanians, or 47 percent, do not follow the news and statements issued about this committee.

Just 32 percent of Jordanians believe that the committee will be able to formulate a fair and representative election law for all segments of society, the poll found.

The poll also shows that almost two thirds of Jordanians, 62 percent, believe that the current parliament will work on approving the outputs of the royal committee as it receives it from the government, while a quarter of Jordanians, or 25 percent, believe that the parliament will work on amending the committee's outputs before approving them.

The poll found that 70 percent of those polled believe that there will be objection to or disapproval of the committee's outputs, regardless of what these outputs are, compared to 20 percent who believe that there will be no objection or disapproval to the committee's outputs.

The poll also revealed that 43 percent of Jordanians polled believe that few of the outputs of the  committee will be applied, while 26 percent believe that the outputs of the committee will not be readily applicable, while just 15 percent believe that most of the outputs will be applied.

Thirty-nine percent of Jordanians polled said they believe that the results of the committee will contribute to increasing the number of candidates submitting their candidacy for the parliamentary elections.  By contrast, 60 percent believe that the amendment of the Parliamentary Elections Law will lead to an increase in citizens' participation in elections.

As for political reform, the poll found that 46 percent of Jordanians believe that the outputs of the committee will cover some of the desired political reforms in Jordan, while 31 percent believe that these outputs will not cover anything of the desired political reforms in Jordan.  Only 17 percent believe that these outcomes will cover most of the desired political reform in Jordan.

Regarding party political life, 44 percent of Jordanians polled believe that there will be no party political life in Jordan, while only 11 percent believe that there will be such party political life over the next ten years, and only nine percent believe that there will be party political life during the next five years.

According to the poll, 39 percent of Jordanians believe that the Jordanian state is serious about transitioning to a political-parties-based parliamentary system, while 34 percent believe that it is not serious at all.  Only 29 percent believe that the formula currently in force is the most appropriate system of government for the country, while 27 percent believe that multi-party parliamentary systems are the most appropriate form of government for the country.

Only 20 percent of Jordanians polled said they believe that political parties in Jordan are strong and effective, but only 16 percent of Jordanians trust them, the poll found.

With regards to the optimistic outlook of those polled about the committee’s output regarding youth and women, Bani-Mustafa said: “I think that the reason for this good result is the previous meetings that took place with the women and youth committees, which showed the serious work that the royal committee is doing with regard to women and youth, as groups targeted for reform.”

Regarding the results which show that only 32 percent of Jordanians believe that the committee will be able to formulate a fair and representative election law for all segments of society, the committee’s member Laith Nasrawin said that the royal committee includes members representing different spectrums of political and partisan backgrounds.

“The Committee has the ability to formulate a fair election law. The flaws in the current electoral law are known, the committee will try to overcome them, as it relied on recommendations and proposals previously made by political parties.” Nasrawin said.

The poll was conducted from September 6 to 14 and covered all strata of society, according to the director of the Center for Strategic Studies, Zaid Eyadat.


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