IRI Poll: Tunisians Look for Improvements in Government Performance

February 14, 2013
Washington, DC – IRI today released its most recent public opinion survey (PDF) in Tunisia along with its analysis (PDF), which showed that Tunisian citizens are unhappy with the current state of their economy and are losing confidence in their current government.  Highlights of the survey include:
  • Employment, economic development and security were chosen most often as top priorities for the current government;
  • Seventy-seven percent of respondents believe Tunisia is moving in the wrong direction; and,
  • Eighty percent of Tunisians support ratification of their constitution through a national referendum, instead of the current process of ratification by the National Constituent Assembly.
This is the eighth poll IRI has conducted in Tunisia, and the fourth since the National Constituent Assembly elections on October 23, 2011.  Fieldwork for the poll was conducted from December 19, 2012 through January 7, 2013.  The survey was undertaken in cooperation with Elka Consulting, a Tunisia-based market survey research firm that was selected by IRI for its capability to conduct surveys throughout the country. 

A total of 1,613 interviews were completed, yielding an overall margin of error of ± 2.81 percent at the midrange of the 95 percent confidence level.  This poll was conducted with support from the Middle East Partnership Initiative.