This House believes this Afghan government is not worth fighting for

Tuesday January 12 2010
MOTION PASSED by 51% to 49%

Opinion poll

Doha, Qatar, February 8 2009:  The vast majority of Arabs have no faith in the Afghan government  - and almost a quarter believe the Taliban would be a better option.

The views emerged from a wide-ranging opinion poll commissioned by The Doha Debates.

Nearly eight out of 10 respondents said it was not worth fighting for the current Afghan government - a view shared by just over half the mainly-Arab audience at last month's Doha Debate. 

The survey highlighted concerns that the current administration is unable to provide security for its people, with 70 percent saying President Karzai is not a credible partner for the international community.

The poll was conducted by YouGov between 26 and 31 January and involved nearly 1,000 respondents in 18 Arab countries in the Gulf, North Africa and Levant.

Over seventy percent believe Afghans are now worse off than they were in 2002 when President Karzai came to power. But not all the news is bleak. Just over half those polled still believe Afghans will one day experience democracy first-hand.

Polling dates: 26 - 31 January 2010

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