40% of Jordanians say country heading in wrong direction

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AMMAN — A newly released nationwide opinion poll in Jordan by the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Center for Insights and Survey Research (CISR) showed public dissatisfaction with the direction of the country, distrust in political institutions, but a strong desire to expand democratic governance, according to IRI.اضافة اعلان

When asked if Jordan was headed in the right direction, 40 percent said things are mostly going in the wrong direction, compared to 24 percent who held the same opinion in a 2020 poll. Only 11 percent stated that things are going mostly in the right direction, down from 16 percent.

“It is very clear that Jordanians across the country are not happy with how things are going,” said Patricia Karam, Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa at IRI. “Much of this stems from a struggling economy and widespread pessimism about future opportunities for financial stability,” she said.

The poll also showed a wide distrust in several of Jordan’s political institutions. Only 5 percent of Jordanians said they trusted political parties to a large degree, while 7 percent agreed when asked about the Parliament. Ten percent of Jordanians stated the same about the Independent Elections Commission (IEC). In total, 30 percent feel that the country is governed in the interests of the majority of people while 69 percent believe it is governed in the interests of a few.

(Data source: IRIORG I @IRI POLLS)

Additionally, the survey found a strong desire for more democratic development and direct representation in Jordan. When asked how important it is to live in a country that is governed democratically, 92 percent of adults said it was important or very important. Further, 36 percent of Jordanians believe the Prime Minister should be elected by popular vote as opposed to being appointed by the King.  While the majority still support an appointment, this represents an eleven-point increase from the 2020 poll.

“It is encouraging to see that the people of Jordan want more political openness and direct representation,” said Karam. “The fact that Jordanians see more democracy as a solution to the problems they face is a very positive development.”

The survey was conducted on behalf of the International Republican Institute’s Center for Insights in Survey Research by NAMA Strategic Intelligence Solutions. The sample consisted of 3,010 Jordanians aged 18+ and older through face-to-face computer-assisted personal interviews conducted at respondents’ homes between November 11, and November 30, 2021.

The margin of error for the mid-range of the full sample is  1.8-points at a 95 percent confidence level. The response rate for the survey was 76 percent. The data was weighted by governorate, age, sex, and educational attainment according to 2020 population estimates from the Jordanian Department of Statistics.

This survey was financed by the US Agency for International Development.

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