KABUL - A U.N. survey has found that more than half of Afghans polled see the national police as corrupt, though their overall reputation is improving.

The survey released Tuesday indicates only 20 per cent of those surveyed think police are ready to keep order without international troops. Less than a quarter wanted the NATO military force to leave immediately.

Expanding the Afghan police and army is key to NATO's plans to turn over security by the end of 2014. But problems persist, including corruption and illiteracy.

Still, the percentage of people calling the Afghan police corrupt dropped by seven points from last year in the annual survey.

NATO says trends are moving in the right direction. The survey of more than 7,000 Afghans had a margin of error of 1.6 percentage points.

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