August 06, 2019

An opinion poll conducted by the University of Jordan’s Centre for Strategic Studies (CSS) revealed that 91 per cent of those surveyed were content with the level of safety and security for themselves and their families.


According to the poll, the aforementioned percentage is the highest among the Arab countries covered by the survey, the results of which were announced on Tuesday during a seminar organised by the centre.


A total of 59 per cent of respondents said that the government is working towards eliminating corruption, while data revealed a notable decrease in interest in politics between 2011 and 2018.


Around a quarter, 26 per cent, of respondents said they support the government’s decisions regardless of whether or not they agree with them, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.


The poll reported that 71 per cent of those surveyed stated the Kingdom’s economic status is its biggest challenge, while 17 per cent found the greatest obstacle to be financial and administrative corruption.


CSS Director Musa Shteiwi said that other challenges listed by respondents include public services, terrorism and religious extremism, according to Petra.


The study said that 72 per cent of respondents found democracy to be the most ideal system of governance, noting that 48 per cent believed the most important quality of a democratic government is the provision of jobs, followed by 25 per cent indicating law implementation and 17 per cent for “media freedom to criticise the government”.


Around 89 per cent of respondents stated that political reform must be introduced gradually rather than immediately, the poll reported.


According to the survey, 76 per cent of respondents said that Saudi Arabia must increase its aid to Jordan, followed by China, the UK, the US and the EU at “varying but close” percentages.