46% of Jordanians cite security fears for not joining political parties

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AMMAN — An opinion poll about partisan experience in Jordan has showed that 47.7 percent of Jordanians believed that seeking benefits is the top priority for party affiliation. It also showed that that 46 percent of those polled had refrained from political party affiliation for security reasons, while 25.9 percent did not trust the track record and party programs, and 19.5 percent did not trust party leaders.اضافة اعلان

At a press conference held last Wednesday, the head of the Performance Index Center, Moath Al-Mubaidin, and director of the center’s studies and research unit, Moaz Dhaisat, presented the results of a poll that targeted a sample of “grassroots” Jordanian men and women consisting of 500 people from around the Kingdom, of whom only 174 of them responded to the survey with a response rate of 34.8 percent. 40.5 percent of the total participants were from Amman while youth group between the ages of 18 to 35 made up 36.2 percent of the sample

The poll also showed that 54.3 percent of those who previously joined political parties responded that the security reasons are why Jordanians refrain from joining political parties, while the percentage was different among those who had not previously joined with 43 percent sharing the same belief, and some 48.4 percent saying that they do not have confidence in political parties’ experience, programs and party leaders.

More than 78 percent of those polled described political party experience in Jordan during the past three decades as weak. However, 51.7 percent said there is a possibility to implement party programs partially.

Moreover, 47.7 percent of those polled believe that benefits are the main reason for joining a political party, followed by the belief in the party’s vision and program at 17.7 percent, while friendships, tribal and kinship relations make up around 14 percent of the reasons for joining.

The youth group sample said that the party’s vision and program is the main motivation, at 20 percent, for joining political parties, compared to the total sample.

Also, around 64.4 percent of the respondents believed that the geographical spread of parties is still weak, and 62.1 percent believed that ideological concepts such as the left, the center and the right are not that strong among Jordanians.

About 79.3 percent believed that there is a 5 to 20 percent chance for emerging parties to continue working, while 20.7 said that the continuation rate exceeds 20 percent.

Kafa’a was established in 2019 as a support arm of Performance Index Center and is located in Amman. It is an independent center concerned with measuring performance for strategic plans and programs.

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