TDA Survey: Negotiating a Political Solution in Syria

Posted on: July 15, 2015 at 11:07 pm

In the period between 30 March-19 May, 2015, The Day After (TDA) conducted a survey with the goal of understanding Syrians’ attitudes towards negotiations between the regime and the opposition, as well as views on proposed UN-backed initiatives. The survey focuses on all aspects of negotiations: participants’ overall attitudes, prerequisites for its success, participants’ political representation, guarantees in order for the process to succeed, priorities of topics to be discussed, duration of implementation, and the attitudes towards proposals from the United Nations special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura.

TDA conducted this survey using a non-representative sample, which included 2,767 respondents[1] (1741 men, 1026 women) inside Syria as well as those displaced in refugee camps in neighboring Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon. It is important to note the survey should not be considered to be representative of the Syrian population as a whole. However, some significant trends can still be identified by comparing various critical demographic groups, to produce ‘indicative samples’. A trained research team of 40 individuals distributed in different regions of Syria conducted the survey, as is illustrated in table 1. The sample includes areas under regime control as well as areas under opposition control.

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