OpinionWay, a Paris-headquartered organization with extensive experience in social studies, and the Independent Counseling and Support Center for Civil Society have published the results of a joint survey conducted in March with the aim of assessing the socio-political and socio-economic situation in Azerbaijan on the eve of the April 11 presidential election, as well as to study the level of interest of the population in the election.
At a press conference in Baku on March 30, Bruno Jeanbart, representative of the OpinionWay organization, said that 1,200 respondents aged over 18 living in the cities and districts of Azerbaijan, with the exception of the territory of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and the occupied regions, were interviewed.
The respondents who participated in the survey were identified randomly by using quotas on gender, age groups and types of settlements (city and village), he said.
Jeanbart added that 48.1 percent of the respondents were men and 51.9 percent were women.
Some 15.6 percent of the respondents were aged 18-24 years, 24.5 percent were aged 25-34 years, 33 percent were aged 35-49 years, 18.5 percent were aged 50-64 years and 8.4 percent were aged 65 years and older, he said.
He noted that when asked about the assessment of the economic situation in Azerbaijan, 45.9 percent of the respondents answered that the situation has improved compared to previous years, 23.4 percent said that the situation remained unchanged and 11.7 percent said that the situation was deteriorating.
As for the most important problems in the country, 78.2 percent of the respondents expressed concerned over the occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding territories by Armenian armed units. Some 22.5 percent said they are concerned over the economic situation in the country while 21.9 percent of the respondents called environmental deterioration the most important problems in the country, Jeanbart said.
He went on to say that the survey revealed that 68.9 percent of the respondents are satisfied with the current political system in Azerbaijan, 15.4 percent expressed their dissatisfaction and 15.7 percent found it difficult to answer the question.
The survey results show that the population’s interest in the campaign for the presidential election is quite high, Jeanbart noted.
When asked about their participation in the April 11 presidential election, 80.5 percent of the respondents said they will take part in the election, 12.7 percent said they will not participate and 6.8 percent said they have not yet made a final decision on their participation in the election, he said.
To the question “Which candidate would you choose if the April 11 presidential election is held today?”, 83.4 percent of respondents who participated in the survey chose President Ilham Aliyev. Some 12 percent of the respondent expressed their intention to vote for the other 7 candidates, 1.9 percent said they did not want to vote for any of the candidates, and 2.7 percent found it difficult to answer the question, Jeanbart added.
OpinionWay and the Independent Counseling and Support Center for Civil Society will jointly hold exit poll at the April 11 presidential election.