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Sierra Leoneans see increased corruption, trust their president less, and disapprove of MP performance

A large majority of Sierra Leoneans say the level of corruption in the country increased over the past year, findings from the latest Afrobarometer survey show.

Public trust in several institutions has declined over the past three years, most dramatically trust in the president. Moreover, seven of 10 Sierra Leoneans disapprove of the performance of their Members of Parliament (MPs).

With less than three years until the next general election, these findings indicate potential challenges ahead for the country’s political leaders.

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Corruption, trust, and performance of political leaders

Trust: Sierra Leoneans express lower levels of trust in the president, local government councilors, the National Revenue Authority, the ruling party, and the army than they did in 2012. The proportion who say they trust the president “somewhat” or “a lot” declined from 70% to 52%.

Corruption: Seven of ten Sierra Leoneans (70%) say that corruption increased over the previous year, and only one-third of respondents think citizens can make a difference in the fight against corruption.

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Sierra Leonean perceptions of democracy

At a glance:

Support for democracy: A majority of Sierra Leoneans prefer democracy, support multiparty elections, and reject non-democratic alternatives (one-party, one-man, and military rule).

Satisfaction with democracy: More than one-third of Sierra Leoneans say they are not satisfied with the way democracy is working in their country.

Accountability: A majority of Sierra Leoneans want their government to be accountable for its actions.

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Sierra Leoneans support democratic elections, term limits

Sierra Leoneans support democracy and multiparty competition and overwhelmingly favour presidential term limits, the latest Afrobarometer survey reveals.

But more than one-third of citizens are dissatisfied with the way democracy is working in Sierra Leone.

A little more than a decade since the country returned to democratic rule, large majorities of Sierra Leoneans reject non-democratic systems of government and prefer to choose their political leaders through open elections.

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10 things to know about Afrobarometer data & methodology.

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.

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