Where Things Stand: ABC News Polls in Afghanistan and Iraq

Each of these surveys employed rigorous area-probability sampling based on the latest available population data, with randomized household and respondent-selection procedures and back-checks for quality control. They've been supported with photos and video from interviews in the field, and in some cases with journal entries from interviewers describing their sometimes-harrowing field work experiences.

Ensuring global distribution of the results, ABC News invited international media partnership in these projects. The BBC or BBC World Service participated in five of the Afghanistan polls, ARD German TV in four, and The Washington Post in the latest. Each of the Iraq polls was co-sponsored by the BBC, and individual projects also included the ARD, the Japanese network NHK, Time magazine, USA Today and the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel.

ABC News has earned eight Emmy nominations and two Emmy awards for these polls, winning "Best Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast" awards for its coverage of the April 2004 and March 2007 polls in Iraq. Coverage of the 2005 polls in Iraq and Afghanistan received the inaugural Iowa Gallup Award for Excellent Journalism Using Polls from the University of Iowa School of Journalism and The Gallup Organization; and the 2006 National Council on Public Polls award for Excellence in Media Coverage of Polls. AAPOR's 2010 Policy Impact Award cited the full series of Iraq and Afghanistan polls through December 2009.

ABC's Afghanistan surveys are conducted by the Afghan Center for Socio-Economic and Opinion Research (ACSOR), a Kabul-based firm co-owned by D3 Systems (the first three, in conjunction with Charney Research of New York). ABC's last four surveys in Iraq were conducted by D3 Systems of Vienna, Va., and KA Research Ltd. of Istanbul. The first two Iraq polls were conducted by Oxford Research International.

Design, management and analysis of the latest Afghanistan poll was provided by Langer Research Associates of New York.

Individual details of these surveys follow.

AFGHANISTAN

2010 Field dates: Oct. 29-Nov. 13, 2010 Details: 1,691 interviews via 227 sampling points, oversamples in Balkh, Bamiyan, Farah, Ghazni, Ghor, Helmand, Kandahar, Khost, Kunar, Kunduz, Nimroz, Nuristan, Paktia, Panjshir and Wardak provinces. Media partners: ABC/BBC/ARD/Washington Post Field work: Afghan Center for Socio-Economic and Opinion Research, Kabul Design, management and analysis: Langer Research Associates, New York Analysis Photo slideshow Interviewer journal Chart slideshow PDF with full questionnaire

Late 2009 Field dates: Dec. 11-23, 2009 Details: 1,534 interviews via 194 sampling points, oversamples in Balkh, Helmand, Herat, Kandahar, Kunduz, Logar, Nangarhar and Wardak provinces Media partners: ABC/BBC/ARD Field work: Afghan Center for Socio-Economic and Opinion Research, Kabul Analysis Photo slideshow Chart slideshow PDF with full questionnaire

Early 2009 Field dates: Dec. 30, 2008-Jan. 12, 2009 Details: 1,534 interviews via 194 sampling points, oversamples in Balkh, Helmand, Herat, Kandahar, Kunduz, Logar, Nangarhar and Wardak provinces Media partners: ABC/BBC/ARD Field work: Afghan Center for Socio-Economic and Opinion Research, Kabul Analysis Interviewer journal Photo slideshow Chart slideshow PDF with full questionnaire

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