57% of Jordanians do not want to join political parties — poll

Only 29% of Jordanians know about the output of the Royal Committee to Modernize the Political System

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AMMAN —The University of Jordan’s Center for Strategic Studies has released on Monday the results of a poll, conducted between November 15–21, which covered the entire Kingdom, that examined the views of Jordanians on the proposals of the Royal Committee to Modernize the Political System.اضافة اعلان

The poll found that 29 percent of Jordanians knew, heard, or read about the proposed amendments to the parliamentary election act, and 49 percent of Jordanians who have heard about the outputs of the committee believed that the election law proposal formulated by the commission is fair.

Only 20 percent believed that this proposal might significantly improve the next Lower House performance, while 30 percent thought it would only lead to a minor improvement. About 27 percent believed that it would lead to no development whatsoever in future assemblies, while 14 percent believed it would lead to a decline in the performance of the next Lower House.

About 31 percent of Jordanians said they would vote in upcoming parliamentary elections under a new election law, while 12 percent said they are most likely to participate.

About 33 percent said that they are definitely not voting in the next elections, while 12 percent said that they have yet to decide whether to participate or not. Around 40 percent of young people aged 18-34 are most likely to participate, and 47 percent are most likely not to partake in the next parliamentary elections.

Only 10 percent of Jordanians knew, heard, or read about the proposed political parties amendments. About 57 percent preferred not to join any political party, while 16 percent preferred to join a political party that focused more on solving everyday challenges and providing services to citizens.

About 70 percent of respondents did not know if the proposed political parties’ law is balanced and supported reforms, while 13 percent believed it is unbalanced and poor.

Only 13 percent are considering joining one of the political parties if the next phase sees an active partisan life. While 13 percent knew the number of current existing political parties. Only 4 percent knew the leaders of two political parties.

67 percent believed that priority for youth is combating unemployment and finding job opportunities, while 10 percent stated that the priority is to enhance and enlarge their political participation to involve them in the decision-making process. Only 7 percent think that building a national identity is a priority.

About 49 percent of Jordanians agree with the need to include youth in political and partisan life.

More than 27 percent believed that security fears regarding joining a political party is the primary reason that stops youth from participating in political parties, while 14 percent believe that the main reason behind that is the lack of political awareness.

Only 8 percent think that the reason lies in the weakness of the parties and their programs, preventing youth from participating in it.

About 29 percent of Jordanians are optimistic about the ability of political parties to empower youth and increase their public presence, while 44 percent stated that they are not optimistic at all.

About 97 percent of Jordanians have not seen the outputs of the committee relating to women in Jordan and only 3 percent are familiar with it.

About 45 percent believed that increasing women seats in the Lower House would not positively impact its work, with male, young, and educated respondents agreeing strongly with this more than other categories.
About 41 percent think that increasing women's seats will positively impact the work of the Lower House.

Only 29 percent supported the recommendation to allow university students to engage in political parties activities on campus, while 71 percent did not.

About 57 percent of young people, aged between 18 and 34, are the most optimistic about the outputs of the commission, while 53 percent are hoping that the commission’s outputs will make the desired change and reform Jordan’s political system. 

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