New Poll: Jordanians Remain Frustrated with the Economy and Government
Amman, Jordan—The latest nationwide poll of Jordan by the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Center for Insights in Survey Researchrevealscontinueddissatisfaction with the economy andlack of confidence inthe governmentaheadof the September 2020parliamentary elections.
“The decade-long decline in confidence in the government and dissatisfaction with the economyposes a real challenge to politicianscompeting inthis year’s parliamentary elections,” said Patricia Karam, IRI Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa. “It remains to be seen whether the government’smanagement oftheCOVID-19pandemicinspires Jordanians to rally round the state,or whetheritexacerbates these frustrations.”
When asked about the economic situation in Jordanacombined 75percent of citizens described it as “bad”or “very bad”,and66 percent believe the country is headed in the wrongdirection.More than 50percentof those who would choose a job in thepublicsectorthink the private sector is “less stable” than the public sector—with64percentpreferring public sectorjobsfor themselves or their family members.Of the 42percent of Jordanians who have considered emigrating in the past few years, 94 percent cited economic reasons as their motivation.Furthermore, 97 percent of citizensdo not earn enough moneyin Jordantoallow for savingsafter covering the cost of living essentials.
Eightypercent of citizens believe the governmentis the most responsible forthe current economic situation in Jordan, while more than90percentsay the parliamenthas failed to achieve any laudable successes in the pastyear.Looking ahead,72percentof citizensreportedthatthey “definitely”or “probably”would not vote if elections were held tomorrow,citing their belief thatnothing will changeif they do vote(47percent)andthatparliament is not effective (28 percent).More than 80percent do not believethat Jordan’selections reflectthe will of the people.
Citizens alsoassociatethe national governmentwithcorruption.Half of Jordanians believe corruption is most present in ministries, whileothersthinkthat corruption is most prevalent in government procurement (12percent) andin the parliament (9percent).More than 60percent agreethat Jordaniansare unlikely to influencegovernmental decisionmaking.
This survey was conducted as part of an annualnationwideseries, and its findings were collected prior to thespread of theCOVID-19pandemic.IRIplans to conduct an additional survey in Jordanin the summer of 2020 to provide an up-to-date picture of the situation on the ground.
The survey was conducted on behalf ofIRI’sCenter for Insights inSurvey ResearchbyNAMA Strategic Intelligence Solutionsbetween November14 and 22, 2019. Data was collectedusing a stratified cluster proportional to size sampling methodthroughface-to-face interviews with Jordanians aged 18 and above. The data was weighted to reflect the actual distribution of the population. The margin of erroris plus or minus 2.5 percent at the midrange of the 95 percent confidence level.The response rate was 78 percent. Thesurvey was made possible by the generous support of the American people through theUnited States Agencyfor International Development(USAID).