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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This will be Afrobarometer's first release event in Sierra Leone.
When: 10 November 2015
Time: 10:00 GMT
Place: Free Town, Sierra Leone
Findings from Round 5 survey in Sierra Leone on Evaluations of the Economy and National Government [6 May 2013]
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.
Sierra Leone Round 6 questionnaire (2015).
<p> Findings on evaluations of the economy and national government from the Round 5 (2012) survey in Sierra Leone.</p><p><a href="/sites/default/files/media-briefing/sierra-leone/srl_r5_presentation1.pdf" target="_blank">Download the full document</a></p>
Sierra Leone Round 5 codebook (2012)
Sierra Leone Round 5 questionnaire
ITASCAP is one of Afrobarometer’s national partners in Sierra Leone.
Campaign for Good Governance is one of Afrobarometer’s national partners in Sierra Leone.