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Visualizing Afghanistan: A Survey of the Afghan People

Is Afghanistan headed in the right direction?

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Is Afghanistan headed in the right direction?

The Asia Foundation’s 2014 Survey of the Afghan people, the tenth in a series, attempted to measure how Afghan citizens assess their country’s situation in general. Respondents were asked whether they think things in Afghanistan today are going in the right direction or the wrong direction.

In 2014 55% of Afghans say their country is moving in the right direction, down from 57% in 2013, while 40% say it is moving in the wrong direction, up from 38% in 2013. Despite yearly fluctuations, the long-term trend since 2006 shows an increase in the perception that the country is moving in the right direction. Overall optimism in 2014 is highest in the East, South East, and South West regions. Since 2013, the percentage of Afghans in the East and West regions who say the country is going in the right direction has increased. The largest decreases over the past year in the percentage of people who say the country is going in the right direction are found in the Central/Hazarajat and South West regions.

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Q: What is the biggest problem facing Afghanistan as a whole?*

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