A new survey says more Afghans think their country is heading in the right direction, even though many believe it is still plagued by a lack of security.
In a poll released Tuesday by the Asia Foundation, 47 percent of those surveyed said Afghanistan is on the right track. That is up from 42 percent in 2009.
A lack of security was listed as the nation's top problem, followed by unemployment and corruption.
This year's survey showed a large jump in the number of Afghans who say they support efforts to negotiate with armed groups. More than 83 percent of those surveyed said they back talks with insurgents, up from 71 percent in 2009.
The Asia Foundation surveyed more than 6,400 Afghan adults in June and July.
Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.