The Asia Foundation

Visualizing Afghanistan: A Survey of the Afghan People

Do you feel safe expressing your opinion about the government?

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Do you feel safe expressing your opinion about the government?

In 2014, 67% of Afghans surveyed said they feel very safe or somewhat safe expressing their opinions about the government in public. Residents of Parwan (94%), Panjshir (92%), and Samangan (86%) provinces are most likely to say they feel safe criticizing the government. The percentage of residents who felt safe doing so is lowest in Uruzghan (44%), Ghor (49%), Herat (51%), and Zabul (52%) provinces. Afghans living in urban areas (76%) are more likely to feel safe speaking out in public than those in rural areas (65%). No significant gender differences emerge for this question.

Additional Insights from the 2014 Nationwide Data

Q: How effective are members of parliament at listening to constituents and representing their needs?

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