Only 20% of Jordanians are aware of constitutional amendments — poll

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AMMAN — An opinion poll conducted by the Center for Strategic Studies on Sunday showed that only one-fifth of Jordanians had seen the Jordanian Constitution or some of its articles, while 80 percent had never seen it.اضافة اعلان

Only about one-fifth of Jordanians (22 percent) were aware of the constitutional amendments recommended by the Royal Committee to Modernize the Political System and approved by the National Assembly, while 78 percent had no knowledge of such amendments.

Half of the sampled Jordanians (51 percent of the 22 percent sampled) who had seen the constitutional amendments have little knowledge of the constitutional articles that were amended, 31 percent have some knowledge, and 15 percent have no knowledge at all but had only heard about them.

According to the poll, a third of Jordanians (36 percent) who had seen the constitutional amendments are satisfied with them, and 33 percent believe that they will lead to tangible progress in the country’s political life.

Sixty-seven percent of those polled believe that the amendments will have no positive impact on efforts to achieve tangible progress in political life in Jordan.

Adding the word “Jordanian women” to the title of Chapter Two of the Constitution was the most prominent amendment Jordanians had heard or knew about (37 percent), followed by the amendment related to lowering the age of candidacy for Parliament membership to 25 years (14 percent), and empowering and supporting women to do so (6 percent).

Only 14 percent of Jordanians believe that the amendments related to empowering youth and activating their role are the most prominent, followed by amendments related to women’s empowerment (13 percent), to the House of Representatives, its functions and management (6 percent), to the powers of the Council of Ministers (6 percent), and to the empowerment and protection of people with special needs and the elderly (4 percent).

A quarter of Jordanians (25 percent) believe that the main reason for adding the word “Jordanian women” to the title of the second chapter of the Constitution was to achieve equality between men and women, 12 percent believe that the addition will project a positive image and promote equality for women, while 12 percent believe there are no clear reasons for such an addition.

The majority of Jordanians said that they support the constitutional amendments approved by the National Assembly; the highest support rate was for articles related to protecting the rights of persons with disabilities, and empowering women and youth, while the lowest was for articles related to lowering the age of candidacy for Parliament membership to 25 years instead of 30.

Only a third of Jordanians believe that things in Jordan are going in the right direction, while 62 percent think otherwise.

According to the poll, the unstable regional situation and external pressures on Jordan are the most important political problems facing the country, in addition to the weak government performance, confusion in decision making, and poor parliament performance.

Only 14 percent of Jordanians knew about the formation of the Jordanian National Security Council, 86 percent did not know about it; 56 percent of those who knew about it were in favor of forming it, while 30 percent did not. At the same time, 47 percent of Jordanians do not believe that the National Security Council will negatively affect the general mandate and powers of the government, 37 percent believe it will take these powers away, and 16 percent have no opinion.

Of those sampled, 41 percent believe that the new political parties will lead the next stage in Jordanian political life, 27 percent believe that the next stage will be led by existing parties, and 32 percent have no opinion.

Only 15 percent of Jordanians had heard about government measures and decisions related to economic reform; of these 38 percent believe that such decisions will contribute to economic growth and improve the citizens’ living conditions, while 62 percent do not think so.

Forty-five percent of Jordanians believe that amending customs tariff categories will contribute to enhancing the purchasing power in the local market; 47 percent of Jordanians believe that the government’s decision to set price ceilings for some goods will protect the consumer and ensure fairness for traders, and about half, (48 percent) believe that allocating JD80 million from the 2022 budget to stimulate the private sector and employment will help the private sector grow and become more competitive.

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