On December 5, 2013 The Asia Foundation released the ninth in a series of public opinion surveys of the Afghan people. These are the broadest and most comprehensive surveys conducted in Afghanistan, and together they provide a barometer of Afghan public opinion over time.
Use this map to learn more about the 2013 survey, or past surveys; explore by region, year, or specific survey questions, or, download the summary data tables for a more complete picture. Survey data from 2006 to 2013 is available here for review and download.
Click anywhere on the screen to gain new insights into Afghanistan and the Afghan People.
The Asia Foundation’s 2013 Survey of the Afghan people, the ninth 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.
Overall, 57% of respondents surveyed in 2013 say that the country is moving in the right direction, and 38% say that it is moving in the wrong direction. Using the timeline above, you can see that the percentage of respondents who say that the country going in the right direction has fluctuated since 2006, but has remained fairly high.
Q: What is the biggest problem facing Afghanistan as a whole?*
Afghanistan in 2013: A Survey of the Afghan People is The Asia Foundation’s ninth annual public opinion survey in Afghanistan. Not only does this survey document Afghans’ assessment of the current situation in their country in critical areas of governance and development, it has also established a statistically valid, longitudinal barometer of how Afghans perceive changes in their country over time.
Expert survey teams were deployed from July 17 and July 25, 2013 to gather the opinions and perspectives of a nationally representative sample of 9,260 Afghan men and women. 962 male and female enumerators conducted face-to-face interviews across all 34 provinces of the country, often under challenging conditions. Respondents were all 18 years of age or older, including 14% from urban households and 86% from rural households. The average interview length was 38 minutes, with a range of 20 to 80 minutes. To meet more aggressive margins of error, this year’s sample size represents nearly a 47% increase from previous years.
Important advances were made in ensuring both the quality and accuracy of the data in 2013. The sampling error is a quality indicator that measures overall statistical confidence in the statements that can be made about the survey findings. For 2013 the sampling error for five key questions is +/- 1.10% at 95% confidence level. The design effect also is a quality indicator measuring the difference between the actual sampling error and the intended or theoretical sampling error if random sampling had been achieved. In 2013 the design effect for five key questions is less than 2.33 (+/- 0.04).
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The Survey of the Afghan People is a major undertaking of the Foundation each year, requiring contributions and cooperation of numerous Asia Foundation staff and the Foundation’s partners. The survey report was produced under the overall guidance of Afghanistan Country Representative Mark Kryzer. Very special thanks are due to Survey and Research Director Keith Shawe. Survey Manager Shahim Kabuli and Deputy Survey Manager Shamim Sarabi played critical roles in the preparation and production of the survey. Zach Warren was instrumental in ensuring the quality of the survey. We also acknowledge the contributions of Deputy Country Representative Najla Ayubi, Women’s Empowerment Program Director Palwasha Kakar, Senior Program Advisor Allen Choate, and Office of Country Representative Assistant Khatera Azizpour. Nancy Hopkins was indispensable as editor for the survey, and Asia Foundation staff in San Francisco and Washington, DC, provided key editorial input and technical support. ACSOR worked closely and productively with the Foundation in planning and conducting the survey fieldwork.
“Visualizing Afghanistan”, The Asia Foundation’s survey data mapping project, was led by John Karr, Director for Digital Media & Technology Programs at The Asia Foundation. Jon Jamieson, Senior Producer for Digital Media & Technology Programs, served as project manager, with support from Tomas Apodaca. Rob DiCiuccio and Definition LLC contributed to development of the site for 2013.
The Asia Foundation would like to thank the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office/Department for International Development (FCO/DFID), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for their support to this survey and also for facilitating Afghan capacity building in statistical research.