Nov. 28, 2011, 2:04 p.m.
The Asia Foundation released its 2011 Survey of the Afghan People which polled 6,348 people from each province of Afghanistan on questions related to security, economics, political participation, and the direction of the country. The results are compared to survey results carried out each year since 2006.
In 2011, despite the economic, political, and security challenges facing Afghanistan, close to half of respondents remain optimistic, and say the country is moving in the right direction. The survey suggests that Afghans view the country’s economic situation more favorably than in previous years, although unemployment remains one of the country’s biggest problems. The majority agree that women should have equal opportunities. The 2011 survey also records the highest levels of access to education and health services, and growing understanding of the role of public institutions. While there is growing public confidence in the Afghan security forces and police, there is at the same time an increased reluctance by the public to fully participate in their own governance – particularly for women – a rising concern of corruption at all levels, and acknowledgement of an increasingly challenging security environment.