IRI Survey Explores Syrian Opposition Visions for Post-Assad Syria

Washington, DC – The Syrian opposition exhibits considerable respect for minority rights, is largely secular-minded and amicable to Western nations, indicate survey results released today by IRI. The release of these questions covering Syrian opposition views on democratic models represents a second and final wave of results from a survey IRI released on August 17, 2012.  Fieldwork was conducted from June 1 – July 2, 2012, and was undertaken in cooperation with international survey research firm Pechter Polls of Princeton, NJ (P3)

Given security considerations, the survey was conducted electronically using a referral, or “snowball” method, rather than through strictly random selection of respondents, as would be done in a public opinion poll.  To achieve broader representation, key individuals (or channels) were used to initiate the referral chain, ultimately reaching a sample of 1,168 opposition members, approximately 315 of whom were inside Syria.  Margin of error is not strictly applicable to this survey because of the non-random selection of respondents.

Key findings:

Read further analysis of the survey in a recent opinion piece by David Pollock in The Washington Post, “Among Assad’s opponents, moderation reigns.”
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