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Afghanistan in 2009: A Survey of the Afghan People

More recent survey information is now available:
Afghanistan in 2010: A Survey of the Afghan People.

On October 27, 2009, The Asia Foundation released findings from its fifth public opinion poll in Afghanistan, Afghanistan in 2009: A Survey of the Afghan People, which covers all 34 provinces in the country. The Asia Foundation has conducted five surveys, dating back to 2004, which collectively establish an accurate, long-term barometer of public opinion across the country to help assess the direction in which Afghanistan is moving in the post-Taliban era. The 2009 survey captures the Afghan public's perceptions of reconstruction, security, governance, and attitudes towards government and informal institutions, as well as the 2009 national elections, the status of women, the role of Islam, and the impact of media. The fieldwork for the survey was conducted prior to the August 20 elections, from June 17 – July 6, 2009, when 648 Afghan men and women conducted in-person interviews with a multi-stage random sample of 6,406 Afghan citizens 18 years of age and older from different social, economic, and ethnic communities in rural and urban across all provinces in Afghanistan.

Read our press release about the survey or download the full report, Afghanistan in 2009: A Survey of the Afghan People. Key findings, FAQ, and Dari and Pashto translations of the key findings and press release are also available.

All four previous surveys, conducted in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008, in Afghanistan are available on our website.

Afghanistan in 2009


Afghanistan in 2009: A Survey of the Afghan People.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Key Findings

Asia Foundation Spokespeople

Dari translations of Key Findings, FAQ, and Press Release

Pashto translations of Key Findings, FAQ, and Press Release


Resources - 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2004 Surveys


Afghanistan in 2008: A Survey of the Afghan People


Afghanistan in 2007: A Survey of the Afghan People


Afghanistan in 2006: A Survey of the Afghan People
Full survey and key findings in English, and Pashto and Dari key findings.


Afghanistan in 2004: A Survey of the Afghan People
Full survey in English.


In addition, The Asia Foundation publishes companion analytical assessments every other year. Read the 2008 the Analytical Volume, State Building, Security, and Social Change in Afghanistan (2008).

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