Afghan Futures Presented at CSIS

VIENNA, Virginia, September 29, 2010 – Results of the Afghan Futures survey conducted by D3 Systems’ ( Kabul-based subsidiary ACSOR-Surveys with analysis by Langer Research Associates ( were discussed on Monday in Anthony Cordesman’s presentation “The Afghan Elections: Another Milestone on the Road to Nowhere?” at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (

Cordesman, the Burke Chair in Strategy at CSIS, noted that the survey reflected growing doubt that a democratic government is the most effective means of securing and governing the country.  These findings, noted Cordesman, show that perception of the legislature’s ability to serve its constituents makes a much deeper impact on Afghans’ attitudes toward their government than the perception of the integrity of the election process.  Cordesman concluded his remarks with a call for further surveys to determine the most effective role for the Afghan legislature.

The Afghan Futures survey was conducted and sponsored by D3 Systems of Vienna, Virginia, USA. The survey was administered to a random sample of 2,506 Afghan adults aged 18 and above via face-to-face interviews. Fieldwork was conducted by ACSOR-Surveys May 12th-May 24th, 2010 in all of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces. Interviewing was conducted in Dari, Pashto and other Afghan languages. The margin of error is ± 2% at the 95% confidence level. The response rate was 83%.