October 02, 2018


Summary of Main Results

First: Direction of the country

        30% of the respondents in the national sample believe that things in Jordan are moving in the right direction, registering a decrease of (27) points from those indicated that things are going in the right direction when forming the government of Dr. Al-Razzaz. The same is true for the opinion leaders sample, with 34% saying that things are going in the right direction, a decrease of 29 points from the survey of the formation of the government of Dr. Razzaz.

        The lowest percentage in the right direction was recorded in Jarash governorate, followed by Karak, Irbid and Madaba (21%, 23%, 24%, and 24% respectively). While the highest percentage of people saying things are going  in the right direction in Ma'an (42%) and the rest of the provinces slightly higher than the general average.

Second: The main problems that Jordan is facing nowadays

        The most important problems faced by Jordan today and the government should address them immediately  is the unemployment (23%), the high cost of living and increase in prices (21%), the overall poor economic situation (12%), poverty and corruption (14% for each of them)

        As for the sample of opinion leaders, the problem of the economic situation was generally ranked first (47%) followed by the problem of corruption (12%). The other problems were unemployment, income tax law, government weakness and performance.

Third: Assessment of the government performance, prime minister and the ministerial team.

        42% of the respondents believe that the government was able to assume the responsibilities of the previous stage, a decrease of 22 points from the formation poll. In contrast, 45% of the opinion leaders sample believe that the government was able to assume the responsibilities of the previous stage, a decrease of 12 points from the formation poll.

        On the evaluation of the Prime Minister performance, 49% of the national sample indicated that the president was able to assume his responsibilities, thus recording a decrease of 20 points from the formation poll. In contrast, the percentage of those who believe that the prime minister was able to assume his responsibilities on the leaders sample decreased from 69% to 58%, marking a decrease of 11 points.

        As for the Ministerial team, 29% of the national sample stated that the ministerial team was able to assume the responsibilities of the previous stage, recording a decrease of 19 points. As for the opinion leaders sample, 32% said that the ministerial team was able to carry the responsibilities of the stage, recording a decrease of 13 points.

        As for the reasons for the government's inability to carry out its responsibilities in the previous stage: the weakness of the president and the ministerial team ranked first for the national and leaders sample (28% in the national sample and 56% in the opinion leaders sample); while the achievements and reforms were ranked second (20% National sample, 30% Opinion leaders sample).

        As for the assessment of the government's ability to address the main issues mentioned in the letter of Designation, it was low in general, as on average 29% for both the national sample and the opinion leaders sample believe that the government has succeeded in addressing these issues.

        40% of the respondents in the national sample and 44% of the respondents of the opinion leaders sample support a broad ministerial reshuffle on the government of Dr. Omar al-Razaz. While 18% of the national sample and 16% of the leaders sample support a limited ministerial reshuffle on the government.

Fourth: Evaluating the economic situation

        (6%) reported that their families' economic status was better than now compared to the past 12 months, while the percentage of those who reported that their family's economic status was worse (67%). Similarly, the percentage of optimism about the future of their families' economic status declined from 45% when the Razzaz government was formed to 25%. This compares with a rise for those who believe that their economic status will be worse to rise from 26% in the formation survey to be now 49%.

        For the Jordanian economic situation today compared to the past 12 months, only 10% of the national sample and 8% of the leaders sample believe it is better.

        As for Jordan's economic situation in the next 12 months compared to today, 25% of both samples said that the situation would be better, indicating a decrease of 21 points in the national sample fom the formation poll and 16 points for the opinion leaders sample In the same period

Fifth: The Tax Law

        The percentage of those who knew, heard or read about the income tax law was 56% for the national sample and 69% for the opinion leaderís sample.

        40% of the national sample and 45% of the opinion leaders sample support a social solidarity tax of 1% for individuals or families to which the law applies.

        Seventy-five percent of those who are included for the individual tax were those who classified themselves as upper and middle class, and 71% of those whose families could be taxed are in the upper and middle classes.

        97% of the taxable individuals are from four governorates: Amman, Zarqa, Irbid and Balqa.

        80%  of those who are taxable as families are from the four previous governorates.

        Regarding the inclusion of income tax (individuals and households), 3% of respondents said that the new law applies to them as individuals, while 10% said that the law applies to them as a family

        As for the sample of opinion leaders, 8% of them reported that the tax applies to them as individuals, while 59% indicated that the tax applies to them as a family.

        A majority of the two samples believe that tax evasion is widespread among individuals and families who are subject to tax (79% national sample and 64% opinion leaderís sample). The overwhelming majority of the two samples reported that tax evasion is widespread in the private sector.

        A third (33%) of the national sample and more than a quarter (27%) of the opinion leaders sample said they support the income tax law.

        The majority of 86% of those who support the new tax law are not taxable either on individual level or on family level.

        The most supportive of the tax law are those who are below the poverty line and the category that is just above the poverty line and slightly above the poverty line.

        Support for the law is higher for those who classified themselves as working-class, with 53% of all supporters and 43% of the middle class.

         (51%) of the national sample believe that the parliament will approve the law as stated by the government, while 27% of the opinion leaders believe the same. On the other hand, 25% of the national sample believes that the House of Representatives will approve the law after making some amendments, while nearly two-thirds (65%) believe that the parliament will approve the law after amendments.

Sixth: Meetings and dialogues conducted by the government of Dr. Al-Razzaz on the draft income tax law

        More than half of the respondents (56%) heard about the discussions and dialogues about the income tax law.

        35% believe that these dialogues and meetings were important in defining the proposed law.

        Only 13% believe that these dialogues and meetings were successful in achieving their objectives related to introducing citizens to the draft income tax law.

Seventh: Miscellaneous Topics

        67% of the respondents believe that the government should be given an opportunity to present its program to the people and not to go to the streets in protest against the government's policies. On the other hand, 29% believe it is appropriate to go to the streets to protest against the government's policies.

        Almost half of respondents from the national sample (48%) and 39% of respondents of the opinion leaders sample believe that the government of Dr. Omar al-Razzaz pays more attention to fighting corruption and corrupts than previous governments.

        66% of the respondents said are with the issuance of a general amnesty law, 32% opposed the issuance of a general amnesty law. This indicates a significant increase in the percentage of supporters of the general amnesty compared to the formation poll.

        47% of the respondents believe that Syrian refugees should be urged to return voluntarily to Syria, and 36% believe that the Jordanian government should plan their return.

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