April 14, 2014

The Center for Strategic Studies announced the results of the survey on "The Performance of Dr. Abdullah Al Nsour Government after One Year since Its Second Formation".

The Sample:

National representative Sample: 1800 respondents who aged 18 and above from 180 clusters across the 12 governorates. 50% males and 50% females

Leaders sample: 700 respondents from 7 categories, were 100 were taken from each category. The respondent rate was 97%

The Survey was implemented between 22-27/3/2014. 48 field data collectors and 12 field supervisor’s participated in collecting the National Sample data and 14 office researchers collected the data from the Leaders Sample.

The margin of error in the National Sample was (±2.5) at 95% confidence level.


The government of Dr. Abdullah Al Nsour II was formed on 03/31/2013 after His Majesty the King assigned its formation based on the results of consultations carried out by the head of the Royal Court with the House of Representatives to choose a prime minister. It is the first time that the choice of prime minister was named by the House of Representatives. The President-designate and the House of Representatives also consulted over the selection of the ministerial team that works with him during his chairmanship of the government. The President made amendments to his team in which five ministers left the government and thirteen ministers entered the government.

The goals of the survey were to obtain the views of Jordanians in order to 1) measure their confidence in the general abilities of the government of Dr. Abdullah Al Nsour, 2) assess public opinion about government performance in assuming its responsibilities during the year that has passed since its formation on 03/31/2013, and 3) measuring respondents' views about the government's ability to carry out the tasks set out in the Letter of Designation. Moreover, the survey aimed to 4) identify public opinion and leaders’ opinions regarding the direction Jordanian affairs, as well as to 5) identify the attitudes and opinions of citizens on particular issues including the economic situation, among others.

Main Findings:

Ø  The results of the “Government survey after one year of its second formation” shows optimistic views of respondents in matters pertaining to Jordan such as the rising percentage of those who believe that things are going in the right direction within the national sample and within the “opinion leaders” sample. There was an increase of 13 points from the October 2013 survey.

Ø  A poor economic situation in generalhigher prices, and higher cost of living werethe main reasons for respondents to believe that things are going in the wrong directionHigh prices and high cost of living constituted 35% of the responses cited by the national sample respondentsThe poor economic situation (poverty,unemploymentthe high cost of prices) comprised 44of the responses as cited by opinion leaders.

Ø  When comparing the government's ability to fulfill its responsibilities since its formation until nowthe results show a slight increase in citizen confidence in the government's ability to carry out its responsibilities when compared to October 2013 survey49% of the national sample respondents reported that the government was able to carry out its responsibilities, 50% reported that the president was able to carry out his responsibilities, and 44% reported that the ministerial team was able to carry out their responsibilities.

Ø This positive assessment appeared also among the opinion leaders sample, where57have reported that the government was able to carry out its responsibilities,63% reported that the president was able to carry out his responsibilities and 49% reported that the ministerial team was able to carry out their responsibilities since the formation of the government until now.

Ø In relation to the subjects that were mentioned in the Royal Letter of Designation,the overall average for the government's ability to implement a number of issues showed a modest increase from 44% to 47in the national sample compared toOctober 2013 survey.

Ø Regarding the economic situation of the national sample of respondents, 57% said that their economic situation is worse today than it was twelve months ago, an increase of 4 points from the June 2013 survey. When asked about their expectations of their economic situation over the next twelve months26% of respondents said that it will be better than it is nowThe proportion of respondentswho believe that their economic situation will be worse than it is now was 45%, which is the same percentage as in the June 2013 survey.

Ø 18% of the respondents in the national sample describe that economic development in Jordan is better today than it was twelve months ago, up by 5 points from the June 2013 survey.

Ø On the expectations of Jordan’s economic development over the next twelve months, both respondents from the national sample and the opinion leaders sample show optimism in the economic situation over the next twelve months compared to June 2013 survey.

To read the full details, please download the file above.

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