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IRI Poll: Though Weary, Tunisians Continue to Support Democracy

December 3, 2013
Washington, DC – IRI today released its most recent public opinion survey in Tunisia, which showed that although Tunisians believe their economic situation is worse than it has ever been, a majority still prefer a democracy with instability over a stable but authoritarian regime. This is despite the fact that Tunisians are unhappy with the performance of the government and believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.  Highlights of the survey include:
  • Fifty-four percent cite satisfaction with the current state of democracy in the country. However, 35 percent believe Tunisia is a flawed democracy and 37 percent believe that Tunisia is not a democracy at all.
  • Employment, economic development and security were chosen most often as top priorities for the current government to address;
  • Seventy-nine percent of respondents believe Tunisia is moving in the wrong direction, the highest wrong direction rate since IRI’s first Tunisia poll in early 2011;
  • Forty percent of Tunisian voters are undecided in who they would vote for in the next election; and,
  • While there is low satisfaction with the current government, there is low confidence in any specific opposition party to do a better job.
This is the 10th poll IRI has conducted in Tunisia since January 2011, and the sixth since the national constituent assembly elections on October 23, 2011.  Fieldwork for the poll was conducted from October 1-12, 2013.  The survey was undertaken in cooperation with Elka Consulting, a Tunisia-based market survey research firm.  A total of 1,236 interviews were completed, yielding an overall margin of error of ± 2.84 percent at the midrange of the 95 percent confidence level.  This poll was conducted with support from the Middle East Partnership Initiative.