Amman, Jordan – A majority of Jordanians believe their country is going in the right direction while one-quarter believes things are going in the wrong direction, according to IRI’s lasted public opinion poll in Jordan. As has been the case in previous years, Jordanians still believe the issues of unemployment, rising prices/high cost of living and poverty are the most important problems facing the country today. At the same time, Jordanians across the board have experienced an upward trend in their personal economic fortunes when compared with IRI’s August 2009 national poll.

Jordanians remain disinclined to trust their elected representatives.  More than half of respondents say they are unsatisfied with the performance of the current parliament.  A similar number say that the government has not achieved anything worthy of recognition.

Youth movements inside the country have not left a lasting impression on the majority of Jordanians who say that they are not in favor of street protests.  Less than one-third of respondents said they trust these youth movements.  At the same time, Jordanians say they are freer to express their opinions.   

The poll is the eighth in a series of national studies on democratic change and political reform in Jordan conducted by IRI and the Middle East Marketing and Research Consultants. 

Jordanians shared their views on what they deem to be the most important issues and priorities facing Jordan today, their impressions on the performance of the government and parliament, as well as their political priorities and their views of the current economic conditions and quality of life in Jordan.

The poll’s main findings include:

The poll, conducted June 25-29, 2011, 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.

A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, IRI advances freedom and democracy worldwide by developing political parties, civic institutions, open elections, democratic governance and the rule of law.  

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