Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Afrobarometer?

Afrobarometer is an pan-African, non-partisan research network that conducts public attitude surveys on democracy, governance, economic conditions, and related issues across more than 30 countries in Africa and are repeated on a regular cycle.

What is the relationship between Afrobarometer and Eurobarometer?

Both Afrobarometer and Eurobarometer are cross-national comparative survey projects focusing on population sample surveys. Other related projects are the Arabbarometer (Arab region), Asianbarometer (Asia) and Latinobarometer (Latin America). Each of the barometers is implemented independently although in each country, a national research team administers a country-wide face-to-face survey using standardized survey instruments to compile the required micro-level data under a common research framework and research methodology.

Can I get access to the data?

Because Afrobarometer is funded from public resources, its data are a public good. All data are released via this website and other outlets, along with relevant codebooks. But, to allow initial in-house analysis and publication, we release datasets (free) for public use one year after the completion of fieldwork in the relevant country. Full access to data prior to release is however allowed for graduates or research students based at African institutions and from African students based at overseas institutions– go to data usage and access policy.

What methodology is used in data collection?

All Afrobarometer interviews are face-to-face. Visit our survey methods page for more information.

What is the sample size in every country?

Samples usually include either 1200 or 2400 cases. Samples are designed to generate a sample that is a representative cross-section of all citizens of voting age in a given country.  The goal is to give every adult citizen an equal and known chance of being selected for an interview. Go to sampling principles

Can I use Afrobarometer data to write publications?

Yes. Afrobarometer data is free and available online. If you use our data in your publication, please acknowledge Afrobarometer. Read our data usage policy for more information. 

Whom does the Afrobarometer target?

Afrobarometer targets policy makers, researchers, students, planners and any persons with interest in governance, service delivery and public policy and administration issues.

Why is the Afrobarometer survey not done in my country?

Afrobarometer has set criteria necessary for us to implement the survey in a particular country. This depends on availability of funds and ability for the citizens to speak their mind openly.

How can I partner with Afrobarometer to carry out a survey in my country?

Afrobarometer advertises for reputable firms/organisations to carry out surveys in their respective countries and on this website. Successful firms become the national partners or research partners in their respective country.

How can I access Afrobarometer publications?

Afrobarometer publications act as a mode for releasing results and presenting interpretation and analysis. These include: dispatches, policy papers, and working papers.   All these can be accessed free on the website. See our Publications section for more information.