Tysons Corner, Virginia, January 29, 2015 – Today, D3 Systems releases results from the sixth installment of its Afghan Futures series, a nationally representative survey of 2,051 Afghans ages 18 and older in all 34 provinces of the country fielded in November 2014 by its subsidiary, ACSOR Surveys, and with joint analysis from Langer Research.
Afghans broadly support the new government and appear to have set aside suspicions of election fraud in order to move forward. While only 44 percent believe the election was mostly fair and transparent, 87 percent approve of the deal in which Ashraf Ghani assumed the presidency while runner-up Abdullah Abdullah took on the newly-created role of chief executive. Other results in the national survey mark the country’s difficulties with issues like security and increased acceptance of poppy cultivation, but also find improvements in living conditions in the last few years and substantial optimism for the future. One potential reason is that, unlike other recently released data, this survey was conducted after the resolution of the disputed presidential election and the signing of the Bilateral Security Agreement between Afghanistan and the United States. Both may have brightened the public mood, despite continued difficulties in terms of development and security alike.
For more in-depth results, please see the full Afghan Futures Analysis.