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from Afghan Journal:
(Amending the article with the correct name of the organisation which conducted the research as also with more details on the survey itself}
The Asia Foundation has released its annual survey of Afghanistan and a key finding is that the Afghan people are a bit more optimistic about their country than the rest of the world is, at this point of time. The survey found that 42 percent of the people felt Afghanistan was heading in the right direction, up from 38 percent in 2008, and mainly because of better security conditions.
In fact each year the number of respondents who think security has improved has gone up, even though the Taliban insurgency is at its worst in 2009. Some 44 percent of those surveyed this year said they felt safer, up from 31 percent in 2006. More respondents in 2009 also mentioned reconstruction and rebuilding (36%) and opening of schools for girls (21%) as reasons for optimism than in previous years.