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Visualizing Afghanistan: A Survey of the Afghan People

Do you feel you can influence government decisions?

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Do you feel you can influence government decisions?

When asked whether they feel they can influence local government decisions, 55% of Afghans say they have a lot or some influence over decisions made at the district and provincial level. Answers to this question vary greatly by province. Afghans who live in Nangarhar (81%), Kunduz (77%), Samangan (76%), and Kandahar (74%) are most likely to say they have some or a lot of influence over local government decisions.

Neither income nor age has a significant relationship with whether or not Afghans say they can influence government decisions. Education level has a small but significant positive relationship with the perception of having influence over government decisions. However, several factors do appear to correspond with whether Afghans say they can influence government decisions. One of the most significant of these is if one were a victim of violence or crime, that the guilty party would be punished. These patterns emerge after controlling for age, income, region, ethnicity, and all other factors listed.

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