Leave or Remain in Iraq? Opinions and expectations for an Independent Kurdistan
The referendum for an Independent Kurdistan to be held on 25th of September 2017 is an important issue not only for Iraq but for the entire region and the international community, as the vote for this referendum is a potential challenge to the current political map of the Middle East. *Download the REPORT here *
This report presents the general results of a survey conducted by the Open Think Tank from 20 to 27th of August 2017, through in-person interviews, in the three major governorates of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Duhok, Erbil, and Sulaymaniah. Besides the socio-demographic questions, the survey contains six core questions, which are detailed in this report.
Important to notice that some major events have occurred on the political stage of the Kurdistan region since the conduction of this survey. One of these represents the change of official position of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan to support the referendum. Considering the core PUK voters reside in the Sulaymaniyah governorate, we expect for these results of this survey to have changed accordingly. However, this change can be documented only through an additional survey exercise.
As this survey shows, the share of the population that desires an independent Kurdistan is overall very high, but fewer of the respondents think about the practicalities and policy details for the after-referendum.
Regardless of the results of the upcoming voting on 25th of September, a broad discussion has to take place concerning the structure and content of a future Kurdish state, in agreement with all the population, including the diversity deriving from gender, education, ethnicity, religion, political party, province and governorate of belonging.
We hereby thank all the people that have accepted to give us their time answering this survey and all the collaborators and partners that have made this survey possible.
When citing these results, please use the following format: Open Think Tank: (2017) Leave or Remain in Iraq? A survey of opinions and policy expectations for an Independent Kurdistan.
راپۆرتی رووپێو: جیابونەوە یان مانەوە لەگەڵ عێراق؟ بۆچوونەکان و چاوەڕوانییەکان لە کوردستانی سەربەخۆ
ئەم راپۆرتە ئەنجامە سەرەکییەکانی رووپێوێکە، کە لەلایەن هزرسازی ئۆپن لەنێوان 20-27 ئاب 2017 ئەنجامدراوە، لەڕێگەی چاوپێکەوتنی رووبەڕوو لە سێ پارێزگا سەرەکییەکەی هەرێمی کوردستان: دهۆک، هەولێر و سلێمانی.