The Asia Foundation

Visualizing Afghanistan: A Survey of the Afghan People

How much fear would you have voting in a national election?

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How much fear would you have voting in a national election?

The percentage of Afghans who say they feel fear while participating in an election (46%) is significantly lower this year than in 2013 (57%). Looking at longitudinal trends, Afghans reported the highest level of fear in 2010 (60%), following the 2009 presidential election, which saw a spike in threats and violence directed toward voters and election workers.

In addition to voting in an election, the survey asked Afghans how much fear they would feel while participating in two other political activities: participating in a peaceful demonstration and running for office. Overall, fewer Afghans say they feel some or a lot of fear while participating in an election (46%) than they would while participating in a peaceful demonstration (69%) or running for office (71%). Of the three activities, fear of voting in an election showed the greatest variation between geographic regions, ranging from 61% of residents of the South West region to 32% in the Central/Kabul region. Both fear of participating in a peaceful demonstration and fear when running for public office are highest in the West (78% and 78%), and lowest in Central/Hazarajat region (50% and 53%, respectively).

Additional Insights from the 2014 Nationwide Data

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