Poll: Afghans slightly more op­ti­mistic de­spite tur­moil

The Oklahoman - - NATION | WORLD -

Afghans are slightly more op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture than they were last year, de­spite a stag­nant econ­omy and near-con­stant at­tacks by a re­vi­tal­ized Tal­iban, ac­cord­ing to the re­sults of a na­tion­wide poll re­leased Tues­day.

The an­nual sur­vey by the San Fran­cisco-based Asia Foun­da­tion, re­leased in Kabul, found that 32.8 per­cent of Afghans be­lieve their coun­try is mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion, up from 29.3 per­cent in 2016. An­other 61.2 per­cent said the coun­try is head­ing in the wrong di­rec­tion, down from 65.9 per­cent — a record high — in 2016.

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