The Asia Foundation

Visualizing Afghanistan: A Survey of the Afghan People

How much sympathy do you have for anti-government groups?

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How much sympathy do you have for anti-government groups?

Approximately one in three (32%) Afghans say they have a little (25%) or a lot (7%) of sympathy for Armed Opposition Groups (AOGs). Afghans in the East, South East, and South West regions have the highest concentration of sympathy for AOGs. A higher percentage of men (35%) express some level of sympathy with AOGs than women (30%). Residents of rural areas sympathize with AOGs at a higher rate (35%) than residents of urban areas (22%). Men from insecure areas who were polled using intercept interviews report significantly higher levels of sympathy: 15% say they have a lot of sympathy, and 35% say they have some sympathy for AOGs. Seventy-six percent of Afghans who have some level of support for AOGs also say that they think efforts to reconcile with these groups will help stabilize the country.

Additional Insights from the 2014 Nationwide Data

Q: In your opinion, what is the main reason that the armed opposition groups are fighting against the Afghan government?*

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