What is the Afrobarometer?
The Afrobarometer is an independent, nonpartisan research project that measures the social, political, and economic atmosphere in Africa.
Presently, Afrobarometer surveys are conducted in 35 African countries and are repeated on a regular cycle. Because the instrument asks a standard set of questions, countries can be systematically compared. Trends in public attitudes are tracked over time. Results are shared with decision makers, policy advocates, civic educators, journalists, researchers, donors and investors, as well as average Africans who wish to become more informed and active citizens.
Most Recent Results and Event Announcements
Results from the Round 5.5 Survey in Mali:
Policy Paper No. 13 (English) - Malians Want a United Country, Post-Conflict Justice
Press Release (English) - Malians Seek Accountability, National Trial for Wrongdoers in Conflict
Policy Paper No. 13 (French) - Les Maliens veulent un pays uni et que justice soit faite au lendemain du conflit
Press Release (French) - Les maliens cherchent la punition des malfaiteurs du conflit dans les juridictions nationales
Results from the Round 6 Survey in Malawi:
Press Release (English) - Afrobarometer Statement on Malawi Round 6 Survey
Afrobarometer Dispatch No. 1 (English) - Malawi's 2014 Elections: Amid Concerns About Fairness, Outcome is Too Close to Call
Afrobarometer Round 5 Global Release
Results from Global Release Event #7 on Democracy, Bamako
Policy Paper No. 11 (English) - Demand for Democracy Is Rising in Africa, but Most Political Leaders Fail to Deliver
Press Release (English) - Demand for Democracy in Africa Rises | Supply Falls Short
Policy Paper No. 11 (French) - La demande de démocratie augmente en Afrique, mais la plupart des dirigeants politiques ne répendent pas aux attentes
Other Afrobarometer Global Release Events
Johannesburg -- Lived Poverty and Economy
Dakar -- Corruption
Tunis -- Gender
Bamako -- Democracy
Most Recent Policy Papers
Most Recent Briefing Papers
Les grands écarts d’opinions liées au genre au Togo
Briefing Paper 143 (French)
La place de la femme dans l’opinion des Togolais
Briefing Paper 142 (French)
Redevabilite sociale et attentes des Malgaches envers leurs dirigeants
Briefing Paper 141 (French)
Gouvernance, corruption et confiance a l’egard des institutions a Madagascar : Experience, perception et attentes de la population
Briefing Paper 140 (French)
Democratie et reformes institutionnelles : Perceptions et attentes des Beninois
Briefing Paper 139 (French)
Most Recent Working Papers
Another Resource Curse? The Impact of Remittances on Political Participation
Working Paper 145 (English): Examines the influence of remittances on political participation. Remittance recipients are less likely to vote but more likely to participate in politics by contacting government officials directly as well as joining demonstrations and protest marches.
Social Desirability Bias and Reported Vote Preferences in African Surveys
Working Paper 144 (English): Examines whether reported voter preferences are reliable, or whether they are affected by bias, particularly that which may arise from the social undesirability of “tribalistic” voting.
To Pay or Not to Pay? Citizens’ Attitudes Towards Taxation in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa
Working Paper 143 (English): Examines factors that determine citizens’ tax-compliance attitude in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa using the 2011/12 Afrobarometer survey data. The authors find that tax-compliance attitude is positively correlated with the provision of public services.
Voting and Democratic Citizenship in Africa
Voting and Democratic Citizenship in Africa Bratton, Michael (ed). 2013. Voting and Democratic Citizenship in Africa. Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers. Click here for more information
Corrected Coding Error Benin, Question 27
Afrobarometer has corrected a coding error made on Question 27 after the release of data and results for Benin. The revised dataset and codebook are now available here.