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Studies 29 April, 2014

Trends in Yemeni Public Opinion: Attitudes toward the National Dialogue Conference Document and the Second Transitional Period

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Introduction

This report presents selected results of the 2014 Arab Opinion Index (AOI) from Yemen. The Arab Opinion Index is the largest opinion poll of its kind in the Arab region, with more 20,000 respondents from 15 countries included in 2014. The AOI seeks to elucidate public opinion on a number of social, political, and economic issues, including attitudes towards democracy; political and civic participation; and respondents’ views of state institutions in their own country.

In addition to the main battery of questions, respondents in Yemen were asked their opinion on a range of topical issues, including questions on the outcomes of Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference. This report reviews the support and opposition of Yemeni public opinion of the National Dialogue Conference Document, as well as the measures and decisions included in the National Dialogue Outcomes which extended the transitional period for a maximum of one year.

The fieldwork was carried out in Yemen by the Statistics Institute for Studies and Research under the direct supervision of the ACRPS from February 4 to February 27, 2014, only a few weeks after the release of the National Dialogue Document on January 26, 2014. The sample was composed of 1,500 respondents who took part in the survey through face-to-face interviews and were selected through a systematic, multi-staged, stratified cluster sampling method, giving a sample which is self-weighted with probability proportional to size (PPS). This provides for equal representation among respondents from all main administrative divisions (urban and rural) in Yemen, as well as between genders. As a result, the confidence level for this sample is 97% with a margin of error of ±2%. The ACRPS wishes to express here its gratitude to all of the Yemeni respondents who took part in the survey.


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