Groundbreaking Nationwide Survey of Afghans Shows Strong Support For Peace Talks and New Elections
KABUL, Afghanistan (STL.News) – More than ninety percent of Afghans overwhelmingly support a peaceful end to the nation’s conflict, and the holding of free and fair elections, according to the results of a groundbreaking, first-ever nationwide poll of public opinion conducted by the Ariana Television Network (ATN).
The February 2019 survey, was implemented as a joint project between ATN, Afghanistan’s leading news network, and NAI (http://nai.org.af), an Afghan based NGO that helps develop an independent Afghan media sector. The survey utilized a robust and national representative sampling of 5,337 Afghans, who live in all 34 provinces of the country. The survey’s questions were asked in three languages: Dari, Pasto and Uzbek. A majority of the survey’s respondents lived in the following provinces:
Participants in the survey were asked a range of questions about peace and governance, including the following questions:
- Do you want peace?
- Do you want elections?
The results of the survey illustrated Afghans’ paramount desire for a peaceful nation. 98.4% of the survey respondents favored peace and an end to conflict in Afghanistan. Governance was also a vital issue to Afghans. When asked ‘Do you want elections?’ 92.8% of Afghans—an overwhelming majority of the survey’s respondents—endorsed the need for the nation to hold free and fair elections.
“The meaning of the survey is undeniable: with one united and powerful voice, Afghans want a peaceful and well-governed Afghanistan,” said Dr. Ehsan Bayat, the Founder of ATN and the Chairman of The Bayat Group. “Peace—and a government that protects Afghans and works to make their lives better—we must achieve these two goals, so that together, we can build a hopeful future for our country.”