KABUL: (MEP) – Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai came in first in a new poll by Glevum Associates, with 29% support, followed by Dr. Abdullah Abdullah with 25% and Qayum Karzai with 8% at third place.
An overwhelmingly majority of the respondents, as much as 85%, said that President Hamid Karzai’s endorsement of a candidate would not affect their decisions.
This is the first time that Mr. Ahmadzai has made it to the top of the list in an opinion poll.
Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf with 6% placed at fourth, with Abdul Rahim Wardak at 5%, Gul Agha Sherzoi at 4%, Qutbuddin Helal at 2%, and Daoud Sultanzoi and Muhammad Nader Naeem at 1% each. Hedayat Amin Arsala has 0% in this opinion poll.
This opinion poll is gathered from 2,148 individuals from all over Afghanistan, and consisted of 57% men and 43% females, Tolo news reported.
But of all the respondents, 11% have indicated that they are still unsure who to vote for while 2% of the respondents didn’t provide an answer.
In this poll, most of Mr. Ahmadzai’s supporters were from the North and East. Apparently, Mr. Ahmadzai’s support has increased with his coalition with General Abdul Rashid Dostum, an Uzbek leader from the North.
Abdullah’s has most of his support from North and least from South, vice versa with Qayoum Karzai.
Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf has the least support in the North and most in the west, due to the influence of Ismael Khan, a Jihadi leader from the West.
Close to 50% of the respondents have demanded the future president to consider security in the top of his agenda while 17% consider the economy more important and 6% education, while 1% Sharia Law. 61% of the respondents have said that they will vote for someone who will have a deal with the Taliban.
his is while 71% of the respondents support a deal with the United States.
Close to half of the respondents have said that they will vote for someone who will have good relations with Pakistan.
Respondents from the South mostly emphasize talks with the Taliban, while the respondents from the North mostly favor good relations with the United States.
Majority of the respondents believe in ability of the IEC to hold transparent elections.
96% of the respondents consider selection of the future leader to be important. 89% have said that they will not vote for someone with prior corruption, while 78% have said that they won’t vote for those who have violated human rights. 86% have said that holding elections is an Islamic act while 2% have said that it’s un-Islamic.