Turan news agency, Azerbaijan
Oct 5 2012

Azeri agency reports results of national survey on politics, religion, economy

More than 60 per cent would like to leave Azerbaijan, while over 40
per cent believe that a serious crisis is imminent once oil reserves
run out, according to a national survey held by the ADAM sociological
service, the Turan news agency reported on 5 October.

According to the report, the survey was carried out between 1 August
and 1 September and 1,000 people were polled. The survey was part of a
research carried out by the Centre for Economic and Political Research
(FAR CENTRE), led by Hikmat Hacizada.

In response to economy related questions, 6.9 per cent said they were
fully satisfied with their material well-being and 52.4 said they were
partially satisfied, whereas 30 per cent said they experience material
difficulties and 9.5 per cent complained of major material
difficulties. Some 62.1 per cent would like to leave Azerbaijan for
good or temporarily; 30 per cent said that they have "long since seen
meat" or eat meat only once a week.

On the exhaustion of oil reserves, 42.3 per cent believe that this
will result in a serious crisis, 17.8 per cent disagree and 25.9 per
cent are not concerned about this issue.

Some 35 per cent believe than Azerbaijan does not changes such as an
"Arab spring", 33.9 believe it does, while 14 per cent do believe
Azerbaijan is not developing correctly, but fear a civil war in the
event of an "Arab spring".

Turan reported that the percentage of believers has been hovering
around the level of 17 per cent and 19 per cent since 2004. According
to the current survey 1 per cent are atheists, 16.9 per cent believe
in God and follow religious rituals regularly, 19.7 per cent believe
but follow religious rituals irregularly, while 61 per cent believe in
God, but do not follow religious rituals. Some 13.7 of believers in
God would like Azerbaijan to be governed by Shari'ah laws, 23.2 per
cent would like partial application of Shari'ah laws, such as in
family legislation, whereas 57.2 per cent do not wish for Shari'ah

Fifty per cent would not like a marriage of their family members to
followers of a different religion, while 48.8 would not oppose such a

On the election to the highest ranking government bodies, 20 per cent
say they would vote for a hypothetical Islamic candidate, and 65.5 per
cent for a hypothetical secular candidate.

Some 30.5 per cent condemn arrests of religious activists, 18.1
approve of these arrests and believe Islamists pose a threat to
secular government, while 40.1 per cent believe that this does not
concern them.

On cooperation with foreign countries, 41.9 per cent believe that
Azerbaijan would benefit most from cooperation with Europe and the
USA, 26.7 per cent with Russia and CIS countries and 17.4 per cent
with Islamic countries.

On friendly countries, 80.7 per cent voted for Turkey, 39.3 for
Russia, 26.6 for Georgia, 16.4 for Ukraine, 8.1 for Iran, 7.9 for the
USA, 5.5 for Pakistan and 4.9 for the UK, while Germany received 2.8
per cent, China 0.5 per cent and France 0.1 per cent with just one

When asked about enemy countries, Armenia received 97.7 per cent of
votes, Iran 32.9 per cent, France 25.5 per cent, the USA 20.5 per
cent, Russia - 13.8 per cent, Israel 7 per cent, Georgia 2.3 per cent,
UK - 0.7 per cent, Vatican 0.3 per cent and Turkey 0.2 per cent.

As for the Iranian nuclear programme, 56 per cent believe that a
nuclear bomb would be a major threat for Azerbaijan, while 22.2 per
cent do not consider it a big threat and 11.9 believe that it would
pose no threat.

Some 60 per cent would support rallies in support of civil rights in
Azerbaijan, while 10 per cent condemned them and 25.4 per cent said
this does not concern them.

In addition, 33.6 per cent said Azerbaijan needs stronger government,
while 53.3 per cent would like public oversight over the government,
Turan reported.

[Translated from Russian]