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)
Lesotho Round 3 codebook (2005)
Lesotho Round 3 data (2005)
Lesotho Round 4 survey technical information (2008)
Lesotho Round 4 codebook (2008)
Lesotho Round 4 data (2008)
Lesotho Round 5 codebook (2012)
Lesotho Round 4 questionnaire