IRI Kyrgyzstan Poll Shows Concerns with Unemployment, Inflation, and Corruption 

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan  A new poll conducted by the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Center for Insights in Survey Research (CISR) in Kyrgyzstan shows concerns with unemployment, rising costs, and the government’s inability to tackle corruption.  

When asked about the most important problems facing the household, the top three responses were all related to the economy. Thirty-three percent cited unemployment and another 27% referenced high costs and price increases. These numbers represent a 9 and 13-percentage point increase from IRI’s survey in April 2022.  

The new survey also shows that corruption remains a major concern. Sixty-seven percent say it is a very big problem and only 33% believe that the Kyrgyz government is doing enough to fight it. That represents a 13-percentage point drop since the previous poll.  

“A lack of job opportunities and inflation are having a big impact on households across the country,” said Stephen Nix, Senior Director for Eurasia at IRI. “At the same time, we see increasing public demand for the government to take meaningful steps to combat corruption and for greater government accountability.” 


The survey was conducted on behalf of IRI’s Center for Insights in Survey Research by SIAR Research and Consulting between August 10, 2022 and September 5, 2022, through face-to-face interviews at respondents’ homes. The sample consists of 1,500 residents of Kyrgyzstan aged 18+, and the data was weighted for age and gender. The margin of error does not exceed plus or minus 2.5 points at the 95 percent confidence level, and the response rate was 64%.  

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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