The Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan conducted a public opinion poll evaluating the performance of the current Lower House since it was elected in November 2009.
The field poll, consisting of face-to-face interviews, was conducted between March 19 and April 1, 2009. The size of the complete national sample was 1764 respondents, originally 1830, with 66 individuals refusing to participate in the poll. The sample was distributed throughout all of the Kingdom’s governorates, as shown in Table 1. This sample represents all segments of Jordanian society. The confidence level for the sample was 97% with a 2%+- margin of error.
This report contains five main sections: the first addresses the Jordanian public’s overall evaluation of the performance of the current Lower House. This section includes data about the extent of the public’s satisfaction with and evaluation of the performance of the current Lower House in carrying out its fundamental constitutional duties: its monitoring role, questioning role and its control of public spending. In addition, this section presents respondents’ assessments of the Lower House in dealing with issues witnessed by Jordan and the Arab region as identified by citizens. The second section identifies citizens’ evaluation of the independence of the current Lower House and the key determinants of MPs’ performance. The third section aims to identify the extent to which citizens follow the activities of the current Lower House, and to which MPs communicate with citizens. The fourth section is concerned with the women’s quota system that was applied, for the second time, in the current Lower House. The fifth and final section reflects the trends in public opinion regarding the privileges normally accorded to the Lower House.