The Sant Maral Foundation (SMF) was established in September 1994 as a public benefit, self-governing, non-profit non-government organization. The goal of the foundation is to contribute to Mongolia's social development geared towards the creation of a society based upon the principles of freedom, justice, and democracy. Since its formation, SMF established itseld as the premier Mongolian polling institution in the country.
Since knowledge is regarded as one of the most democratic driving forces of today, SMF pays special attention to free information flows. Activity of SMF and its board members focuses also on such issues as political education, self-reliance and self-governance initiatives support - to assist people in a volatile time of transition.
The Foundation's role is to provide unbiased and reliable information on changes occurring during the transitional time of Mongolian Society. Through surveys, the foundation investigates public opinion on various political, economic, and social issues. With the help of other democratic organisations in Mongolia the Foundation encourages civil participation in the democratisation process in Mongolia through opening new information channels and strengthening civil participation in decision-making process.
For this purpose, in spring 1995 the Foundation created a working group for public opinion research. Since then, the SMF Research Centre has conducted a wide range of opinion polls and research studies. The reports from these surveys are widely published and distributed. SMF has developed a reputation as one of the most reliable and politically unbiased polling organizations, and has made accurate predictions on the outcome of Parliamentary and Presidential Elections through 1996-2013.
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