Washington, DC – IRI today released its public opinion survey of Syrian refugees in Lebanon.  Due to the complex political and security situation inside Syria at present, it is not possible to conduct a single representative survey of the Syrian population.  The survey, fielded May 10-June 10, 2012, polled Syrian refugees living in Lebanon’s Akkar, Tripoli and Baalbeck districts located in the Bekka and North governorates.

This survey reflects the opinions of a specific and important segment of the Syrian population, as the overwhelming majority (87 percent) claimed Syria’s Homs Governorate, the site of some of the most serious unrest since the start of the uprising, as their permanent place of residence. 

Key findings of the poll are:

The survey was conducted by face-to-face interview and utilized a skip pattern to identify respondents.  After mapping locations and buildings in which the refugees were residing, field workers interviewed 1,188 respondents, 59 percent of which were male and 41 percent female.  The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 2.8 percent.  The sample was drawn from the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) statistics with additional variation accounting for refugees not registered with UNHCR.
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