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One-fifth of Yemenis confident about success of the dialogue conference

National Yemen

female researcher talks to a women from al-Baida

BY PERCENT Corporation for Polling Research

Nearly one-fifth (19 %) of Yemeni citizens say they are quite confident about success of the national dialogue conference, based on their everyday follow-up of the dialogue progress. Another 20% say they are somewhat confident about success of the conference, according to the findings of a nationwide survey targeting 1000 respondents aged 15 years and over. Just 11% of Yemenis say they are unconfident about success of the dialogue conference while 8% say they don’t know, and 42% say they don’t follow up the national dialogue conference, nor do they hear about it.

Excluding those who do not follow up the national dialogue conference, 33% are confident about the success of the dialogue conference, 35% are somewhat confident about success of the dialogue, versus 18% who don’t expect the conference to succeed and 13%, mostly women, do not know whether the conference would be successful or not.

People in southern provinces showed the lowest level of confidence about success of the national dialogue conference. Similarly, a generally negative response surfaced in the northern province of Marib where 33% of the citizens, who follow up the dialogue conference news, say they are somewhat unconfident about success of the dialogue conference while a majority of them (67%) say they don’t know whether the conference would succeed or not.

None of the people in Shabwah, who follow up or hear about the dialogue conference, is confident about success of the conference. Some 71% of Shabwah citizens, who follow up the conference, say they are quite unconfident about success of the dialogue conference, 14% say they are somewhat unconfident while another 14% of those who follow up the conference news say they don’t know.

In al-Beidha province, citizens, who follow up the dialogue conference, seemed to be confused. Half of them are somewhat confident about the success of the national dialogue conference while the other half are somewhat unconfident about its success. Just 6% of people in Aden, who follow up the dialogue conference, say they are quite confident about success of the conference, 18% say they are somewhat confident, compared to 47% who say they are unconfident about its success, and 29% of them say they don’t know.

People in Hodeida Province showed the highest confidence about the success of the national dialogue conference. Up to 60% of Hodeida respondents following up the dialogue conference say they are quite confident about success of the dialogue conference, 21% of them say they are somewhat confident, compared to 11% who say they are somewhat unconfident about success of the dialogue conference.

Asking those who follow up the national dialogue conference about the importance of this conference to Yemen, 65% stated it is very important, and 24% said it is somewhat important, while 16% said it is unimportant and 4% said they don’t know. Those who follow up the dialogue conference account for 58% of the total number of respondents surveyed.

Male and female respondents following up the dialogue conference gave relatively similar responses when asked about the importance of the conference. Nearly half of the women respondents and 59% of men stated it is very important, while 23% of males and 27% of females stated it is somewhat important. Both male and female respondents showed relatively similar stances about the unimportance of the dialogue conference. The percentage of female respondents, who don’t know about the dialogue conference, is higher than that of their male counterparts.

In the southern provinces & Al-Jawf province, a majority of the respondents whose following up the national dialogue conference stated it is unimportant. Shabwah Province ranks first in terms of number of respondents giving negative responses about the importance of the national dialogue. In this province, 43% of the respondents say it is absolutely unimportant, another 43% say it is somewhat unimportant. In Aden Province, 71% of the respondents, who follow up the dialogue conference news, gave negative responses to how important the conference is (53% completely unimportant; 17% somewhat unimportant). Abyan Province comes fourth with 64% of the respondents giving negative responses to how important the dialogue is, followed by Hadhramout and Lahj.  Al-Jawf comes last.