The SWAPO Party of Namibia continues to dominate the political scene in Namibia, with strong advantages in public trust and voter preference, but public tolerance of opposition parties may also be on the increase, according to the latest Afrobarometer survey. The opposition parties continue to survive and scramble for the minor places, with the DTA of Namibia and the Rally for Democracy and Progress in a close race for a distant second place behind the ruling SWAPO.
Most Namibians think that the economy has been well managed over the years, but at the same time, they think that the government has failed in creating enough jobs and narrowing income gaps. Successive Afrobarometer surveys have shown that the Namibian economy is managed well (62% in 2012, 60% in 2008, and 76% in 2006).
Most Namibians favour policy changes from the status quo on several specific policies asked about in the 2014 Afrobarometer Round 6 survey, despite showing strong support for the ruling party. For example, 78% of Namibians interviewed for the Round 6 Afrobarometer
opinion poll favoured the adoption of the Basic Income Grant Programme (BIG) even if it required new taxes such at Value Added Tax (VAT) or income tax. Although the government has rejected BIG, the people favour it nearly 8 out of ten. Similarly, nearly 9 in 10 Namibians
Most Namibians (55%) say the controversial Third Constitutional Amendment1 was passed without adequate public consultation, according to a new Afrobarometer survey.
By an overwhelming majority, eight of 10 Namibian survey respondents say that changing the Constitution should be preceded by extensive public consultation and that this did not occur for the recent amendment.
Namibia Round 1 codebook (1999)
Namibia Round 1 data (1999)
Namibia Round 1.5 codebook (2002)
Namibia Round 1.5 data (2002)
Namibia Round 2 codebook (2003)
Namibia Round 2 data (2003)
Namibia Round 3 codebook (2006)
Namibia Round 3 data (2006)
Namibia Round 4 survey technical information (2008)
Namibia Round 4 codebook (2008)
Namibia Round 4 data (2008)
Namibia Round 5 codebook (2012)
Namibia Round 5 data (updated July 2015)
Updated: July 2015 (download additional notes on the round 5 datasets)
Namibia Round 4 questionnaire
Namibia Round 5 questionnaire
Namibia Round 6 questionnaire
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