|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 30, 2006
|Contact: Anar Ahmadov, CRRC director
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Caucasus Research Resource Centers Releases 2006 Survey Results
Baku, Azerbaijan - The Caucasus Research Resource Centers-Azerbaijan released
the results of the 2006 Data Initiative Survey today. The regional survey is
carried out across the South Caucasus and interviews over 6,000 households,
asking over 120 questions. The survey assesses knowledge, attitudes and practices
in all three South Caucasus countries - Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, and
paints an intriguing picture of behavior over time. Additionally, 2006 marks
a watershed year for CRRC. Now in its third year, the Data Initiative has been
expanded to all regions of the South Caucasus.
The Data Initiative raises a host of fascinating questions that suggest further
sociological and journalistic investigation. For example, CRRC data shows that
those who attend religious services are less likely to perceive their household
economic condition as poor. The data also reveals that Azerbaijanis are, in
general, less informed about public health issues than Armenians or Georgians.
The survey results also provide key indicators on economic development. Encouragingly,
the data shows that education and professional abilities are now playing the
most important role in getting a good job compared to connections and money.
For instance, in Azerbaijan 48% of respondents mentioned education as important
to getting job, while only 33% mentioned connections.
The Data Initiative also shows interesting developments in Azerbaijani political
participation. For example, between 2005 and 2006 in Baku there was decreased
interest in politics; the number of those either somewhat or very interested
in politics declined by almost ten percent.
The Data Initiative Survey contains blocks of questions on demography, education,
political attitudes/views, social institutions, migration, crime, health and
economic behavior. "The Data Initiative will improve the quality and availability
of up-to-date data in the region," states Dr. Hans Gutbrod, CRRC Regional
Director. "Ultimately, the CRRC data sets will enable local, regional and
international social scientists and policy practitioners to collaborate and
engage in meaningful dialogue about the ongoing transitions in the South Caucasus."
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