The Asia Foundation

Visualizing Afghanistan: A Survey of the Afghan People

Do you think the ANA need foreign support to do their job properly?

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Do you think the ANA need foreign support to do their job properly?

When asked which forces are most responsible for providing security in their area, 50% of Afghans cite the Afghan National Police (ANP), 24% cite the Afghan National Army (ANA), and 22% cite the Afghan Local Police (ALP). Afghans in urban areas are more likely to say the ANP, and Afghans in the rural areas are more likely to credit the ANA and ALP.

Using a composite measure of overall confidence, 87% of Afghans are confident in the ANA, and 73% are confident in the ANP. Overall perceptions of the ANA and ANP have improved over time, and more so for the ANA than the ANP. However 56% of Afghans still say they think that the Afghan National Security Forces (of which the ANA and ANP are a part) need foreign support to do their job properly.

Additional Insights from the 2014 Nationwide Data

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

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