A new nationwide poll, based on 5000 face-to-face interviews, has been released by the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Center for Insights in Survey Research. The new survey reveals a decline in the optimism reflected in IRI’s August 2016 post-election poll, and reinforces public concerns over the economy and corruption. The project was funded by Global Affairs Canada. Derek Luyten, IRI regional director for Asia. “This poll indicates that the honeymoon period is over.” A link to the full text follows below. Unemployment was identified as the most pressing issue. Respondents who feel that the country is headed in the wrong direction jumped 10 points to 57 percent, while the number who said the country is headed in the right direction dropped nine points (from 31 to 22 percent). Thirty-nine percent of respondents who feel the country is headed in the wrong direction cited the reasons are, “economic instability and income inequality.” Survey respondents continue to express dissatisfaction with the economy: a combined 82 percent describe the economic situation as either “bad” (52 percent) or “very bad” (30 percent). Corruption is also consistently cited as an issue of concern, with 72 percent describing it as a “major problem,” and 27 percent reporting that they or someone they know had been asked for a bribe by a civil servant.
Although a majority of respondents agree that women are equally represented in political decision making in Mongolia, 63 percent of respondents either “strongly” (21 percent) or “somewhat” (42 percent) agreed that political parties should be doing more to promote women to positions of leadership. This survey was conducted on behalf of IRI by the Social Policy Development Research Institute (SPDRI) under the supervision of Chesapeake Beach Consulting between January 23 and February 5, 2017. Data was collected through in-person, in-home interviews from a sample of 5,000 respondents aged 18 and older, with a response rate of 97.2 percent. The sample was stratified by 13 of Mongolia’s 21 aimags (provinces) and Ulaanbaatar and then subdivided by soum (town) or district. Interviews were conducted in both urban and rural locations. The margin of error does not exceed plus or minus 1.4 percent at the mid-range with a confidence level of 95 percent.
Click HERE for the full text and findings of the March 2017 IRI poll