April 26, 2018

This poll follows the approach of the Center for Strategic Studies by surveying the opinions of citizens and Public Opinion Leaders on the ability of governments to assume or fulfill their responsibilities. The Center conducted its first survey of the government of Dr. Hani al-Mulki on 3/6/2016. The second poll was conducted in September 2016; the third poll was conducted in November 2016. The fourth is in January 2017, the fifth was conducted in April 2017, and the sixth was conducted in October 2017. This poll comes one and half years after the formation of the second government, that took place on 28/9/2016.


 

Summary of Results

 

First: Direction of the Country

        The results of the national sample indicate that only 31% of respondents believe that things are moving in the right direction, compared with 41% in the October 2017 survey, which is down ten points. While 68% of the respondents believe that things are going in the wrong direction, compared to 58% in the October 2017 poll, recording a rise of ten points.

 

         37% of the Leaders Sample respondents believe that things are moving in the right direction, compared to 34% who believed this in the October 2017 poll. In contrast, 59% of the respondents believe that things are going in the wrong direction, compared with 62% who thought so in October 2017 poll.

 

         36% of the respondents of the national sample and 5% of the respondents of the opinion leaders sample attributed their main belief that things were going in the wrong direction to the high prices and the cost of living, while 26% of the national sample and 52% of the opinion leaders attributed the economic situation in general.

Second: Citizens' assessment of government performance

         The results of the poll showed that 30% of the national sample and 37% of the opinion leaders sample believe that the government was able to assume the responsibilities of the previous stage. 29% of the national sample and 40% of the opinion leaders believe that the prime minister was able to assume the responsibilities of the past phase. 31% of the sample and 38% of the opinion leaders sample believe that the ministerial team was able to handle the responsibilities of the previous stage.

         The main reason for 22% of the respondents who believe that the government was unable to meet its responsibilities is the repeated rise in prices. The second reason is that the government did not fight or succeed in fighting corruption (17%).

         As for the opinion leaders, the priority of reasons for the government's inability to carry out its responsibilities differed from the national sample. The main reason was the poor economic situation 26%, while the other 21% was the weakness of the president and the ministerial team and the absence of achievements and reforms.

 

 

         17% of the national sample and 22% of the leaders sample believe that this latest government change will have a positive impact on the performance of the government. While 23% of the respondents of the national sample and 20% of the respondents believe that this amendment will have a negative impact on the performance of the government, while more than half of the respondents of the national sample and the opinion leaders sample believe that this amendment will have no effect on the performance the government

 

Third: The Letter of Designation

         In general, the results showed a significant decrease in the assessment of the national sample and stability  in the opinion leaders' sample assessment of the government's ability to address the main topics mentioned in the letter of Designation. In the national sample the decline was from (45) in October 2017 poll to (40) in this poll.

         One of the most prominent results was the low percentage of respondents in the two samples who believe that the government has succeeded in fighting the problem of unemployment.

 

Fourth: The most important problems facing Jordan

         Economic problems topped the list of problems faced by Jordan and the government to address them, with 78% of the national sample and 86% of the opinion leaderís sample. The ranking of these problems differed when comparing the national sample with the sample of opinion leaders. The national sample ranked first  increase in prices (34%) and unemployment (21%) 16% economic situation in general and 7% in poverty.

         While the ranking of the economic problems of the opinion leaders sample was 59%, the unemployment rate was 17%, the increase of prices e and the cost of living were 6%, and the poverty was 4%

 

Fifth: Evaluation of the members of the National Sample of their families' economic situation

         More than two-thirds of respondents (69%) reported that their current economic situation is worse than a year ago, while 8% reported that their situation today is better than a year ago, while 23% reported that their economic conditions remained the same.

           As for the citizens 'view of their families' economic future for the next 12 months, more than a quarter (26%) indicated that their situation would be better, while 50% of the respondents said that their situation would be worse than it is now, and 20% predicted that there would be no change in their status.

 

         On the economic situation of Jordan compared to the previous 12 months, 71% said it was worse than it was, 16% said it unchanged, 21% said that the economic situation today is better than in the past 12 months.

 

Sixth: Opinion leaders' assessment of economic conditions

         On the economic situation of Jordan today compared to the last 12 months, it was found that 74% described it as worse than it was, and less than one quarter said that it remained as unchanged (21%), while only 4% said that the economic situation today is better than in the past twelve months.

 

         On the future prospects of the economic situation in Jordan, 17% are optimistic it will be better than it is now, while 55% reported that the situation in the twelve months ahead will be worse than it is now, while less than 24% believe that the situation will remain as it is now.

 

Seventh: The burden of goods and services on the family

         More than third of the respondents (35%) said electricity was the biggest burden on their families' budget, while 26% reported that food and drink were the biggest burden on their budget and 10% reported that university education was the biggest burden on their family budget.

 

         On the other hand, 42% of the citizens resorted that themselves or a member of their families has reduce expenses to meet the burden of living, and 23% resorted to borrow to buy some needs, and 18% resorted to postpone the purchase of expensive goods or services.

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