IRI Publishes Survey of South Sudan Public Opinion

Dec. 27, 2011, 5:40 p.m.

IRI published the results of a poll conducted in South Sudan less than two months after the country became independent. The poll found high levels of support for the president (82%), the parliament (71%), and the ruling party (67%). 59% felt that the security situation has improved over the past year. The survey also included information about the role of women, development issues, and basic knowledge about the political process.The nationwide survey sampled 2,225 adults aged 18 and older from all 10 South Sudanese states. The margin of error was +/- 2.1 percent. The full results can be found here.

This unique poll, fielded September 6-27, 2011, assesses a range of issues related to democracy and governance, including: the general environment and government priorities; voting behaviors and attitudes toward democracy; attitudes toward women and general demographics of the people of South Sudan. 

 The majority of South Sudanese feel that the country is headed in the right direction, and citizens overwhelmingly approve of their national government officials.  A notable 82 percent of respondents reported having either a very favorable or favorable impression of the president of South Sudan, as did 71 percent regarding the parliament.  Similarly, sixty-seven percent of respondents reported being very satisfied or satisfied with the performance of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, the country’s ruling party.

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