Afghans more optimistic about future, new survey finds

Salaam Times

KABUL -- More Afghans believe their country is moving in the right direction compared to how they felt last year, according to Asia Foundation's 13th annual public opinion survey of the Afghan people.

The survey found that 32.8 percent of Afghans are optimistic about their future, a slight increase from 29.3 percent in 2016.

"Clearly, Afghans are eager for a better future, and this year's data reflects a rise in optimism despite the challenging security environment and lack of employment," said Abdullah Ahmadzai, the Asia Foundation's country representative in Afghanistan.

"After a historic decline in 2016, confidence in public institutions and the Afghan National Security Forces have slightly improved in 2017," he said.

The survey is based on face-to-face interviews with a national sample of more than 10,000 Afghans, who represent all major ethnic groups and most minor ethnic groups in all 34 provinces.

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