While adequate food and clean water remain daily challenges for millions of Africans, poverty at the household level – “lived poverty” – has declined in two-thirds of countries surveyed by Afrobarometer, newly released survey findings show.
Despite progress over the past decade, the development of infrastructure for electricity, water, sewerage, and roads remains an enormous challenge across Africa, especially in rural areas, new Afrobarometer survey data indicate. In contrast, cell phone service is approaching universal coverage.
Africans’ most urgent problem is unemployment, and their top priority for more government investment is education, according to Afrobarometer’s latest round of surveys across Africa.
1. Afrobarometer has collected data on the perceptions and attitudes of African citizens since 1999.
2. Our data are collected from nationally representative samples.
3. All respondents are randomly selected; every adult citizen has an equal chance of being selected.
4. Samples are distributed across urban/rural areas in proportion to their share of the national population.
5. We use face-to-face interviews in the language of the respondent’s choice.
The codebook for the Round 6 survey in Lesotho (2014).
Data for the Round 6 survey in Lesotho.
Basotho overwhelmingly support democratic elections and reject military and strongman rule, according to a new Afrobarometer study.
The survey, conducted at a time of mounting political tensions leading to the dissolution of Parliament, sheds light on citizen views on democracy and trust in political institutions, among other issues.
The Afrobarometer Round 6 public opinion survey interviewed 1,200 Basotho in May 2014. The nationally representative sample yields a +/- 3% margin of error with a 95% confidence level.
More Basotho approve of their elected leaders than two years ago, but their assessments of government performance are increasingly negative, a new Afrobarometer survey reveals.
Most Basotho, protective of their independence, are against intervention or assistance from neighbouring southern African countries to guarantee free elections and prevent human rights abuses in their country, according to the latest Afrobarometer survey.
Basotho are almost equally divided on whether the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU) are helpful to Lesotho or not, survey results show.
In addition, a majority of Basotho say their country should continue to be independent of South Africa, despite the two countries’ close ties.
Basotho women still find it hard to attain leadership positions due to discriminatory cultural practices and laws, according to Afrobarometer’s most recent survey. Survey results also suggest women are less active than men in community and political organising.
Although a majority of Basotho say the country’s and their personal economic conditions are bad, they are increasingly hopeful that things will improve in the coming year, according to a new Afrobarometer survey.
Only about one-third of Basotho are satisfied with the way democracy is working in their country, the 2014 Afrobarometer survey reveals.
Almost half of respondents in the recent survey say Lesotho is “a democracy with major problems” or “not a democracy at all.” These findings indicate significantly more negative public perceptions of Lesotho’s democracy than in 2012.
Basotho perceive an increased level of corruption in the past year, with the highest levels of perceived corruption among the police and business executives, according to Afrobarometer’s most recent survey. Survey results show that citizens are divided in their assessment of the government’s handling of the fight against corruption.
Lesotho Round 1 codebook (2000)
Lesotho Round 1 Data (2000)
Lesotho Round 2 codebook (2003)
Lesotho Round 2 data (2003)