IRI Poll: Half of Jordanians Believe Country is Headed in the Wrong Direction

Amman, Jordan – For the first time since IRI began polling in July 2005, more Jordanians say their country is going in the wrong direction than in the right direction, a reflection of their increased worries about the general economic situation.

The poll (analysis) is the sixth in a series of national surveys on democratic transformation and political reform in Jordan produced by the IRI and Middle East Marketing and Research Consultants (MEMRC).  Jordanians shared their views on what they see as the most important issues and priorities facing the country today, their opinion of the parliament’s job performance, their knowledge of the recently-passed Public Assembly Law, their voting behavior and political preferences and their attitudes towards the current economic situation and quality of life in Jordan.

The poll’s main findings include: 

The poll, conducted August 9-13, 2008, interviewed 1,000 Jordanian citizens, both men and women, at 100 sites randomly selected throughout the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.  The poll has a margin of error of ±2.5 percent at the 95 percent confidence level.

IRI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing democracy, freedom, self-government and the rule of law worldwide. IRI programs are nonpartisan and adhere to the fundamental principles of individual freedom, equal opportunity and the entrepreneurial spirit that fosters economic development.

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