IRI releases survey of Somaliland public opinion

Nov. 17, 2011, 9:30 a.m.

Residents of Hargeisa District are largely optimistic about their future and credit the Somaliland government with moving Somaliland in the right direction.  The government and president have a very high support rating; however, a significant number of respondents also believe that the current government is out of touch with the needs of the people.

Outside of their desire for state recognition, most respondents believe poverty, unemployment and a lack of development and industry are Somaliland’s biggest problems.  A majority of respondents also indicated that the government is doing a fairly bad or very bad job with regards to job creation and keeping prices down.  Of note, 95 percent of respondents feel very safe, but chief among their fears is conflict or civil war.



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