ECFA Publishes Opinion Survey by Ipsos MORI on the Eve of Kazakhstan’s 26th April Presidential Election

Monday 20th April – New research, commissioned by the ECFA and conducted by UK market research agency Ipsos MORI, shows that an overwhelming majority of Kazakh adults (89%) believe that, when thinking generally about quality of life in Kazakhstan, on balance, things in the country are moving in the right direction.  Nearly eight out of ten (79%) agreed that Kazakhstan is ready to hold the Presidential Election on April 26th 2015.

Ipsos MORI’s survey, carried out among a nationally representative sample of 1,000 Kazakh adults aged 18+, shows that 89% believe that, when thinking generally about quality of life in Kazakhstan, on balance, things in the country are  moving in the right direction.  

A total of 93% of Kazakh adults replied that they feel “fairly positive” or “very positive” when thinking about their country in general (an increase of 3 and 7 % points from a similar polls, also by Ipsos MORI, in 2014, and 2013 respectively).

Just over nine in ten (91%) respondents questioned say they are “very satisfied” or “fairly satisfied” with the way in which President Nazarbayev is doing his job, as President (59% stated that they were “very satisfied”).

The election, which will take place on Sunday 26th April, is intended to provide the public with an opportunity to vote on competing plans for the country’s development in the context of very difficult conditions in the regional and global economy, including falling oil and gas prices.

Nearly eight out of ten (79%) respondents agree, with the statement that “Kazakhstan is ready to hold the Presidential Election on 26th April 2015” and only 3% disagreed, with the remainder (9%) stating “don’t know”.   A further 82% of respondents stated that they were “certain” or “very likely” to vote at the 26th April 2015 Presidential Election.

Three candidates are standing at the election, including Turgun Syzdykov of the Communist People’s Party of Kazakhstan, self-nominated Abelgazy Kussainov, and the incumbent President, Nursultan Nazarbayev.

You can see the full results of the survey on Ipsos MORI’s website

Technical specifications: On behalf of ECFA, a quota sample of 1,000 Kazakh adults aged 18 + were interviewed in-home, face-to-face, between 16th March – 3rd April 2015 with quotas set by age, gender and region.  At the analysis stage, survey data were weighted back to the known profile of this audience. 

The referenced opinion surveys in 2013 and 2014 were conducted using the same specifications and took place between 27th September – 28th October 2013, and 12th – 26th September 2014 respectively.