86% of Jordanians had to reduce family expenses to cope with burden of living

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AMMAN — An opinion poll launched by the Center for Strategic Studies on Wednesday showed that about a quarter of Jordanians (27 percent), believe that things in Jordan are moving in a positive direction, while 66 percent believe otherwise, Al-Mamlaka TV reported. اضافة اعلان

The poll indicated that high prices, the high cost of living, deteriorating economic conditions in general, high unemployment rates, and the way the government is making decisions are reasons for citizens to believe that things are moving in a negative direction in Jordan.

At the top of the list of problems facing Jordan, the poll indicated, are high prices, the high cost of living, low salaries, unemployment, poverty, and deteriorating economic conditions in general; those polled believe that the government must address these, and the low level of services in general, promptly.

According to the poll, the deterioration in the level of government services in general, in health, education, and infrastructure, particularly, is the most important non-economic problem facing Jordan that the government must solve, with 21 percent believing that internal security challenges is the most important non-economic problem, 8 percent believing that financial and administrative corruption, and “wasta” are the most important non-economic problems facing Jordan and the government, and 23 percent stating that Jordan does not face any non-economic challenges.

According to the poll, the vast majority of Jordanians, 95 percent, do not believe that the economic policies and measures adopted by the government to stop the increase in fuel prices were sufficient to improve their living conditions.

Ninety-three percent of Jordanians believe that the government policies failed to limit price increases, 91 percent believe that these policies failed to limit unemployment, and 88 percent believe that they failed to reduce poverty.

The majority of Jordanians, 86 percent, were forced to reduce family expenses during the past 12 months in order to face the living burdens and high prices, while 81 percent, Jordanians decided to postpone the purchase of expensive goods or services, or borrowed in order to purchase some necessities, and 45 percent resorted to a member of their family or to additional work to provide for their families.

The poll showed that more than half of Jordanians, 53 percent, believe the government did nothing to deal with price hikes, and only 9 percent of Jordanians are satisfied with the measures the government took to deal with price hikes and fight inflation.

About a third of Jordanians, 35 percent, agreed with the statement “The government is doing everything in its power to provide services to citizens”, while 65 percent did not agree with it.

In order to get/follow up on regional and international news, 52 percent of Jordanians rely on social media most of the time, 32 percent rely on television, and 3 percent on news websites.

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