Washington, DC – IRI today released its first public opinion survey in Tunisia and its analysis.  Independent public opinion surveys were not permitted under President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and the lack of current survey data has deprived Tunisian civil society and government officials of an important tool to understand and respond to citizen priorities.  This poll, conducted from March 5-18, 2011, will serve as the baseline for future polls. 

The survey was undertaken in cooperation with Elka Consulting, a Tunisia-based market survey research firm that was selected by IRI for its capability to conduct surveys throughout the country.  A total of 1,293 interviews were completed yielding an overall margin of error of ± 2.78 percent at the midrange of the 95 percent confidence level. 

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