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syriapol differs from other polls.  Instead of answering direct questions, you will be presented with 16 cards, each one describing a hypothetical future of Syria.  You will then be asked for your opinion on each card.

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Each card will contain 5 hypothetical statements, as shown below:

  • A statement about Syria's progress of political change

  • A statement about Syria's government system

  • A statement about Syria's economic situation

  • A statement about Syria's method of governance

  • A statement about Syria's position on the peace process

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On each card, the hypothetical progress of political change in Syria will be described by one of the following 3 possibilities:

  • Political changes will occur slowly but peacefully, without uprooting the current regime  OR

  • Political changes will occur through domestic protests that force the current regime to step down, but also lead to some sectarian violence  OR

  • Political changes will occur rapidly & violently, led by a full-scale foreign invasion

On each card, the hypothetical future government system in Syria will be described by one of the following 3 possibilities:

  •  The government will be a secular one, in which all religions & ethnic groups will have equal rights under the law  OR

  • The government will be a sectarian one, in which specific positions will be reserved for certain religious & ethnic communities, & representation will be proportional to the religious & ethnic composition of the people  OR

  • The government will be an Islamic one, which follows Sharia & governs Syria based upon Islamic guidelines

On each card, the hypothetical future economic situation in Syria will be described by one of the following 2 possibilities:

  • Economic reforms, encouragement of foreign investment, & reduced corruption will lead to higher wages & strong economic growth  OR

  • Slow progress of economic reforms & inability to attract foreign investment or tackle corruption will keep wages flat & prohibit economic growth

On each card, the hypothetical future method of governance in Syria will be described by one of the following 2 possibilities:

  • Syrian citizens will vote in free & fair administrative & parliamentary democratic elections in which any political parties can compete OR

  • Democracy will remain limited, & the Syrian people will have to accept the will of whatever party is in control

On each card, Syria’s hypothetical future position on the peace process will be described by one of the following 2 possibilities:

  • Syria and Israel will agree to a peace, in which Syria would regain the entire Golan Heights according to the June 4, 1967 boundary  OR

  • Syria and Israel will agree to a peace, in which Syria would regain most, but not all of the Golan Heights

Remember, each card will have 5 statements, as shown below:

  • A statement about Syria's progress of political change

  • A statement about Syria's government system

  • A statement about Syria's economic situation

  • A statement about Syria's method of governance

  • A statement about Syria's position on the peace process

Each card will differ slightly from the others.  Sometimes, only 1 or 2 of the statements will change, according to a mathematical formula.  Read each card carefully.

Your job is to read each card, one by one, & decide how you would feel if those 5 statements described Syria in the future.

Then give a rating using the following scale:

Totally unacceptable Strongly distasteful Distasteful Acceptable Preferable Strongly Preferable Ideal

Consider each card thoroughly.  It will require a lot of thought to prioritize your preferences, since all 5 factors tend to be important.

When you finish reading a card, click the button to give your rating, then scroll down to the next card.  Do this for all 16 cards. Why 16?

Completing the entire survey will take about 20 minutes.  Be sure to devote sufficient time to evaluate each card, as overall results depend on well-considered ratings of all 16. 

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