IRI Jordan Poll Shows Most Believe Country is Moving in the Wrong Direction, Discontent with the Economy, Dissatisfaction with Government

Amman, Jordan – A newly released nationwide public opinion poll in Jordan by the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Center for Insights and Survey Research (CISR) shows a majority of Jordanians believe the country is headed in the wrong direction and dissatisfied with the economy. Most hold the government responsible for the poor state of the economy.

When asked about the direction of the country, 70% of Jordanians believe they are moving in the wrong direction. That is an increase of eight percentage points from a previous poll conducted in November 2021.  

The survey also showed that people in Jordan are upset with the state of the economy. Eighty-six percent said their income does not cover their household needs. Further, 55% believe their household financial situation will worsen over the next 12 months and 54% believe that youth do not have a good future in Jordan at all.  

“Our survey clearly shows that Jordanians are not optimistic about the future,” said Owen Kirby, Director of IRI’s Middle East and North Africa Division. “The economic situation is clearly to blame.” 

Most Jordanians place much of the blame on the leaders in Amman. Eighty-four percent believe the national government has done little to nothing to represent average citizens and 96% say the Parliament of Jordan has done nothing in the last 12 months for which it should be commended. 

“If Jordan’s political leaders want these numbers to improve, they’ll need to demonstrate responsiveness to citizen priorities,” said Kirby.  


The survey was conducted on behalf of the International Republican Institute’s Center for Insights in Survey Research by NAMA Strategic Intelligence Solutions.​ The sample consists of 1,500  Jordanians aged 18 and older through face-to-face computer-assisted personal interviews (CAPI) conducted at respondents’ homes between September 22nd and October 2nd, 2022.The margin of error for the mid-range of the full sample is ±2.5-points at the 95% confidence level.​ The response rate for the survey was 77%. The data was weighted by governorate, urbanicity, age, sex, and educational attainment according to 2020 population estimates from the Jordan Department of Statistics.  

This survey was made possible by the generous support of the American people through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

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