Suriname rejoined the ranks of democracy in the beginning of the 1990’s, after which the IDOS decided to conduct opinion polls in Suriname. Over the years IDOS polls have become one of the permanent operational constituents of the democracy in Suriname. We from IDOS dare say that “The history of opinion polls in Suriname goes hand in hand with that of IDOS.”


Since 1991, at least two opinion polls have been conducted yearly by the IDOS. These polls, not only measure support for political parties, but they also measure public opinion on a wide range of social and political issues. These polls are published in all local newspapers and broadcast media, as a result of which they are the subject of much discussion by the public, journalists and politicians.