•Due to the logistical and political complexities of the project, several months of preparation were required for both survey development and recruitment of opposition activists who had strong in-country networks that had not been permeated by the regime.
•To minimize the possibility of participants’ arrest, or any other form of regime interference, IRI and P3 employed a referral or “snowball” methodology – relying strictly on dissidents who were known to IRI or P3. Thus the survey is not a randomized sample – as would be seen in a public opinion poll – and is also skewed heavily toward men, which is partially a reflection of the opposition’s composition.
•The project primarily relied upon five networks to initiate the survey’s circulation. From there, activists within and outside of Syria from different ethnic, religious, political and socioeconomic backgrounds were encouraged to circulate the survey amongst their sub-networks.
The questionnaire was developed with the input of all network leaders, under the guidance of Dr. David Pollock, former chief of Near East/South Asia and Africa Research for the U.S. Information Agency.
•The survey was translated from English into Syrian colloquial Arabic and placed on a secure server outside of Syria with extensive security protocols to mitigate against regime tampering."
[ED NOTES:WHAT A MISCALCULATED MOVE,ANOTHER BLOW FOR THE SYRIAN OPPOSITION NETWORKS AND THEIR MASTERS,ISRAHELL,ZIONISTS,NEOCONS...DAVID POLLOCK HEADING PROJECT IS OF COURSE FROM WINEP,A ISRAHELLI FRONT US THINK TANK ADVOCATING WARS FOR THE ZIONIST STATE..AND IRI IS OF COURSE A FRONT FOR CIA!!!A ZIO-CON THINK TANK HEADED BY ISRAHELLS FRONTMEN,SAME ONES WHO ENGINEERED,AND TOOK US TO WAR IN IRAQ,AFGHANISTAN ''FOR ISRAHELL'' The
International Republican Insitute (IRI) is one of the components of the National Endowment for Democracy by which it seeks to influence political outcomes and civic society in lesser developed countries around the world. Its efforts are to channel politics and civic society to promote a neoliberal economic and political model; NED/IRI also engage in activities previously performed by the CIA. IRI is mainly funded by U.S. State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development and the National Endowment for Democracy.Where does IRI get its funding
David Pollock "is a senior fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, focusing on the political dynamics of Middle Eastern countries. WINEP was founded by AIPAC,
INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH POLLOCK FEW DAYS AGO ON TIMES OF ISRAHELL PAPER,CALLED FOR MILITARY INTERVENTION AGAINST SYRIA...THIS SHOULD BE SEEN FOR WHAT IT IS,A CONCERTED EFFORT BY CIA FRONTS ON BEHALF OF ISRAHELL,USING SYRIA OPPOSITION INTERNALLY, EXTERNALLY,AND INTERNATIONALLY TO BUILD BIGGER CONCENSUS FOR AN IMPEDING MILITARY INTERVENTION BY ZIONIST POWERS!!!