Kyrgyzstan Poll Shows Concerns over Corruption, Unemployment
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan— A new nationwide poll of Kyrgyzstan by the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Center for Insights in Survey Research (CISR) reveals concerns over corruption and unemployment and provides data on citizens’ local priorities ahead of upcoming municipal elections.
“Kyrgyzstani citizens are clearly indicating that the high levels of corruption and unemployment are priorities for them, as are local governments’ responses to challenges such as the condition of the roads,” said IRI RegionalDeputyDirector for EurasiaBakhtiyor Nishanov. “Political leadersshoulddevelop platforms that addressthese pressingconstituentconcerns.”
Unemployment (67 percent) and corruption (54 percent) top the list of challenges that respondents say face their country today. Ninety-twopercent of the publicbelieves thatcorruption iseithera“big” or “very big”problem in Kyrgyzstan.When askedtoassess the government’s performance on theissue,72percentofrespondentssaythat the government is not making enough of an effort to addressthis problem.
Overall,52percent of respondentsthinkthat the country is headed in the right direction,while36percent believethe country is headed in the wrong direction—anincreaseofninepercentage pointssinceIRI’s last surveyin November 2018.Respondents list their top local concerns as poor roads, a lack of clean drinking and irrigation water and unemployment.
The poll also revealsthe ways in whichKyrgyzstan’s media space and societyare changing.Fifty-eightpercent of respondents reported using the internet every day, aneight-pointincreasesince November 2018. One-third of respondentsthinkthat there should be more women represented in politics,a 10-point uptick compared to the previous poll. Following the introduction of a 30 percent quota for women’s representation on local councils in 2019, the poll reflects general consistency in support for increased women’s representation across age groups, but higher levels of support from women(43 percent) than men (23 percent).
The survey was conducted on behalf of IRI’s Center for Insights in Survey Research (CISR)by Dr. RasaAlisauskieneofBaltic Surveys/The Gallup Organizationand bySIAR Research and Consultingwith support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)between November 21 and December3, 2019. Data was collectedusing a multistage probabilitysamplingmethodthroughin-person, in-home interviews.The sample consists of 1,483respondents aged 18and older and eligible to vote.The sample was weighted forage, gender and urbanity.The margin of error does not exceedplus or minus 2.5percent with a confidence level of 95 percent.The response rate was 74 percent.
This survey is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.