The poll was carried out by the National Democratic Institute (a U.S. State Department funded ‘NGO’) and JMW Consulting.
The background of the people who carried out the poll isn’t necessarily relevant, of course, but this is who carried it out all the same.
Anyway, one of the questions asked in the poll was ‘Do you think Libya is better off, worse off, or about the same as before the 2011 revolution?’, and the results were as follows (p.9):
– Better off: 32%
– Worse off: 41%
– About the same: 26%
In the interests of fairness, it’s also worth pointing out that 65% believe they’ll be better off in three years time
If we accept that life under Gadaffi was hardly a bed of roses for a great many Libyans, then what must it be like now for a plurality of them to say things have actually gotten worse since his overthrow?
(Postscript: the original version of this post listed JMW Consultants as one of the organisations behind the poll. However, I have been informed in the comments section that it was actually JMW Consulting, which is a different concern altogether. I’m happy to correct the error).