“The most recent Arab Barometer survey, carried out from March through April 2013, reveals that opinion about the government has improved dramatically since its nadir in the months after the Arab Spring. Although the majority of Algerians remain dissatisfied with conditions in their country, their discontent has diminished. Four in 10 rate the government’s performance as good or very good, a 30-point increase over 2011. About three in 10 have favorable views of the government’s performance on narrowing the income gap (27 percent) and creating jobs (31 percent) up 17 points and 16 points respectively. The overall rate of satisfaction with the economic situation has also risen dramatically to 66 percent – more than double that of 2011. Increased happiness was not limited to the economy – 32 percent say the state of democracy and human rights is good or very good – a four fold increase from 2011.
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- MICHAEL ROBBINS, “SKIPPING THE ARAB SPRING? THE ARAB BAROMETER SURVEYS A CHANGING ALGERIA,” APRIL 2014
Although most Algerians feel secure, only a minority describes the state of democracy and human rights as good or very good in either 2011 or 2013. Instead, in both years the most common view is that the state is neither good nor bad (59% in 2011 and 48% in 2013). Overall, however, the trend indicates that Algerians are becoming more satisfied with the state of democracy and human rights in their country. In 2011, only 8% rated their state as good or very good, compared with nearly a third (32%) in 2013. More