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Afghanistan in 2011: A Survey of the Afghan People

The Asia Foundation has released findings from Afghanistan in 2011: A Survey of the Afghan People – the broadest public opinion poll in the country. Conducted by The Asia Foundation's office in Afghanistan, the 2011 survey polled 6,348 Afghan citizens across all 34 provinces in the country on security, reconciliation, economy, and governance to assess the mood and direction of the country. In-person interviews took place between July 2 and August 1, 2011.

For the first time, as part of the survey, we are unveiling an online data mapping tool, Visualizing Afghanistan and a photo slideshow.

Survey launch events were held in Kabul, in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Institute of Peace, in New York at the Asia Society (view webcast of event), and in London.

Afghanistan in 2011: A Survey of the Afghan People
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 
Key Findings 
Press Release
Dari translations of Survey Preface, FAQ, and Press Release 
Pashto translations of Survey Preface, FAQ, and Press Release

Is Afghanistan headed in the right direction? National results:


Visualizing Afghanistan

Click on a year button to compare results from 2006 through 2011.

The above graphic shows annual survey results for the question, "Is Afghanistan headed in the right direction?" For in-depth regional results for this and other questions, as well as six years of downloadable survey data, visit Visualizing Afghanistan.

See below for information from previous surveys.

Resources - 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2004 Surveys

Afghanistan in 2010: A Survey of the Afghan People


Afghanistan in 2009: A Survey of the Afghan People


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. Also see "Practical Challenges: Conducting Survey Research in Afghanistan."


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


In addition, The Asia Foundation published a companion analytical assessment in 2008. Read the 2008 Analytical Volume, State Building, Security, and Social Change in Afghanistan (2008).

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