Jan. 27, 2012, 8 a.m.
The National Democratic Institute (NDI) has released a survey on Tunisian public opinion.
Nearly a year after Tunisia’s nationwide protests led to the overthrow of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and inspired uprisings across the Arab world, Tunisians remain proud of their accomplishments and hold high expectations for their new government, according to recent focus group research conducted by NDI. National Constituent Assembly (NCA) elections held Oct. 23 were a cathartic experience for citizens, who were able to choose their political leaders for the first time. Reactions to the election results – the moderate Islamist party Ennahda won 42 percent of seats – vary widely, but there is broad recognition that elections were an important political landmark. Participation in the elections reinforced commitment to the goals of the revolution and citizens now hope to play a role monitoring the performance of elected leaders. The Institute has conducted focus group research throughout Tunisia since March 2011 to provide political and civic leaders with timely and objective information about citizens’ priorities and attitudes during the political transition. The most recent round, conducted in December, explored attitudes toward newly-elected leadership and post-election expectations for political, social and economic development. Here are some key findings: