What is Afrobarometer?
Afrobarometer is an independent, non-partisan research project that measures the social, political, and economic atmosphere in Africa.
Afrobarometer surveys are conducted in more than 30 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, Events and News
Results from the Round 6 Survey in Lesotho
- Press Release - Basotho Cling to their Independence in Spite of Serious Political and Economic Challenges [16 December 2014]
- Press Release - Despite ‘Bad’ Economic Conditions, Basotho Increasingly Optimistic About the Future [16 December 2014]
- Media Briefing - Government and Leaders’ Performance and Democracy [16 December 2014]
Special Release from Togo
Press Release: Togolese Voice Strong Support for Two-term Limit (EN) [7 December 2014]
Press Release: Les Togolais sont favorables à la limitation des mandats présidentiels (FR) [7 December 2014]
Results from the Round 6 Survey in Ghana
- Press Release: Ghanaians Largely Perceive Public Officials as Corrupt [2 December 2014]
- Media Briefing: Trust and Corruption in Public Institutions: Ghanaian Opinions [2 December 2014]
Most Recent Policy Papers
Who says elections in Ghana are ‘free and fair’?
Policy Paper No. 15: Are elections "free and fair" only if you're on the winning side? Afrobarometer considers the case of Ghana.
Women and Democracy in Zimbabwe
Policy Paper No. 14: In Zimbabwe, women support the notion of democracy but are not very satisfied with the variety that is practiced.
Most Recent Dispatches & Briefing Papers
Malgré la Crise Vécue, les Ivoiriens Affirment leur Soutien pour la Démocratie
Briefing Paper 151 (Français) - Au sortir d’une longue crise politico-militaire, les Ivoiriens sont fortement attachés aux éléments fondamentaux de la démocratie et de la bonne gouvernance.
La limitation des mandats au Togo: Les populations unies face à une classe politique divisée?
Afrobarometer Dispatch No. 9 (Français)
Les Burkinabè Préfèrent l’Impartialité Politique de Leurs Chefs Traditionnels
Briefing Paper 150 (Français) - Chefs coutumiers comme candidats? La majorité des Burkinabè s’opposent à une implication des chefs coutumiers dans la politique active.
Most Recent Working Papers
Why do some Africans pay bribes while other Africans don't?
Working Paper 148 (English): An examination of factors that help explain variations in behavior, both within and between countries, with regard to the payment of bribes.
A Vote of Confidence: Retrospective Voting in Africa
Working Paper 147 (English): Retrospective voting is a powerful explanation for recurring incumbent support in light of macroeconomic booms occurring throughout the region since the mid-1990s.