A majority of Batswana would object to working or worshipping with someone who is in a same-sex relationship, but such intolerance is less pronounced among younger citizens, according to a new Afrobarometer survey.
The 2014 survey also shows that intolerance for same-sex orientation is stronger in rural areas than in urban areas.
These findings coincide with the recent High Court victory of the Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO) allowing the organisation to be recognised and registered by the Director of National Registration.
Despite more than half (58%) of Batswana’s positive views in 2014 on the economic direction of their country, a fifth (21%) are pessimistic of the future, anticipating worsening national economic conditions in the next 12 months, according to the latest Afrobarometer study.
More Batswana report experiencing deprivation of basic needs such as water, cash income, and food, according to a new Afrobarometer study. Close to four in ten (37%), in 2014 report having gone without cash income "many times" or "always" as compared to 33% in 2003. Food remains a problem, with 15% Batswana reporting deprivation from food "many times" or "always"- compared to 16% in 2014 and 10% in 2008.
Overall, unemployment is identified by 58% of citizens as one of the most important problems affecting Batswana. This was the most frequently stated problem by a significant margin. Since the 2003 Afrobarometer survey, Batswana continue to point to unemployment as the most
Whilst the president and traditional leaders are the most trusted figures in Botswana’s institutions, other bodies are trusted much less, for example Parliament, the ruling party and opposition parties, according to a new Afrobarometer study.
At the same time government performance is said to have declined in 2014 compared to previous years when Afrobarometer conducted surveys in Botswana.
If elections were held in June or July 2014, the majority of Batswana would have voted for the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP). The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) would consolidate its position as the strongest opposition party. The coalition of opposition parties, the Umbrella for
Democratic Change (UDC) would have won 13%. The coalition consists of the Botswana Movement for Democracy (which broke away from the ruling party), the Botswana National Front and the Botswana People's Party.
Botswana Round 6 data (2015)
A Majority of Botswana Feel Close to a Political Party and Batswana Support a Direct Election of the President [18 November 2012]
Batswana Show Support for Democracy; Note Areas for Improvement [19 November 2012]
Batswana Demand Constitutional Reform and Overwhelmingly Support Bogosi or Chieftainship [28 November 2012]
Batswana Show Support for Media Freedom and Find the Media Effective [19 November 2012]
Batswana Embrace the Parliament's Role in Promoting Accountability and Share Mixed Views of Who Should Initiate Lawmaking [19 November 2012]