Afghans are increasingly uncertain about their future, less confident in their government and more pessimistic than before on issues such as security, corruption, and rising unemployment, according to a survey released on Wednesday.
The annual survey by the San Francisco-based Asia Foundation has a record number of 65.9 percent of Afghans polled saying their country is moving in the wrong direction, up from 57.5 percent the previous year.
By contrast, 29.3 percent of Afghans polled said they believe their country is moving in the right direction — down from 36.7 percent in 2015 and the lowest level since the foundation started the surveys in 2004.
It also reveals that Afghans in 2016 were more dissatisfied with the economy.
The foundation polled 12,658 Afghan men and women in interviews conducted between Aug. 31 and Oct. 1 in all 34 provinces of the country. The poll,…