And here is what the Afghans believe:
51% say that the country is heading in the right direction
59% believe that President Hamid Karzai represents their interests
60% say that the foreign presence since the fall of the Taliban has been a good thing
60% feel that they are better off now than they were five years ago
64% say that those foreign countries are doing a good job fighting the Taliban
65% say that foreign countries are doing a good job providing reconstruction assistance
71% have a very or somewhat positive view of their government
73% think that women are better off now than under the Taliban
84% have some or a lot of confidence in the Afghan national army
Unsurprisingly, when comparing the results by gender it turns out that women “tend to be more negative about the Taliban.”
Now imagine if the same poll were conducted among, say, readers of the Guardian or Independent in the UK. Would it show huge majorities expressing support for and confidence in both the Nato mission and the elected Karzai government? Probably not.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Eric Lee on Globe and Mail's survey of Afghans on NATO
Eric Lee lays out the numbers and comments on Globe and Mail's survey of Afghans on NATO's presense in Afganistan.