Kyrgyz Public Opinion

by Nathan Hamm on 7/12/2006 · 6 comments

A recently released public opinion poll finds Kyrgyz to be more satisfied with their country’s direction than they were a year ago.

Many adults in a former Soviet Republic are content with their current situation, according to a poll by Baltic Surveys for the International Republican Institute. 54 per cent of respondents believe things in Kyrgyzstan are going in the right direction, up nine points in a year.

The poll was conducted back in March, but even if the number may have dipped in the interim, I am a little bit surprised by this apparent improvement, minor though it is. Of course, the pictures not so simple. Bishkek residents are more pessimistic than low-income citizens in rural areas. And the south of the country is far more optimistic than the north. Though overall satisfaction with the development of democracy in the country is unchanged, rural populations again show more satisfaction than Bishkek residents. A larger number of people most of whom are rural residents report imrprovement in their financial situation over the past year than did in 2005.

The full report is 65 pages and contains plenty of interesting data about Kyrgyz public opinion.


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Narcogen July 12, 2006 at 11:09 pm

I think you mean that the north is more optimistic than the south…

Nathan July 12, 2006 at 11:17 pm

Nope. According to the full report,

Mood of the country: in 2006, 54% say that Kyrgyz Republic is onthe right track, the right track, while 37% say it is on the wrong track. In comparison to 2005, 9% more say the country is heading in the right direction. People in the North are most pessimistic (48% say wrong direction), while in the South people are more optimistic (72% say right direction). People on lower incomes and living in rural areas are much more optimistic than residents of Bishkek.

I wouldn’t be surprised if this has to do in part with the current regional extraction of many members of the current government.

Laurence July 13, 2006 at 7:49 am

Thank you, Nathan. Interesting poll. Most interesting question and answer, IMHO:

Which country should the Kyrgyz Republic give priority to in international relations? (2006)

Russia 83
Kazakhstan 7
USA 4
Uzbekistan 1
Europe 1
China 1
Other 2
Don’t know/No answer 1

Vincent July 15, 2006 at 12:57 pm

Nathan, Narcogen was referring to a sentence in your post that says, “And the south of the country is far more optimistic than the south.” You mean to say “And the south of the country is far more optimistic than the north”?

Nathan July 18, 2006 at 2:17 pm

Vincent, thanks!

Sorry, Narcogen! I’m a horrible proofreader and a bit dense at times 🙂

USJFCOMPAO July 25, 2006 at 11:33 am

Kyrgyz Republic Ministry of Defense Army Maj. Gen. Kubanychbay Tynaliev says we “owe it to the people in the region to be prepared to handle emergency events when they occur.”

Good work is going on in the Kyrgyz Republic
http://www.jfcom.mil/newslink/storyarchive/2006/pa072106.htm

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