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Despite growing satisfaction with democracy, many Kenyans fear political violence, Afrobarometer survey shows Kenyans are increasingly satisfied with their democracy and overwhelmingly supportive of honest elections as the best way of choosing their leaders, but many fear election-related violence, the latest Afrobarometer survey indicates. Read more
Kenyans’ economic outlook brighter, Afrobarometer survey finds A plurality of Kenyans say the country is going in the right direction – double the optimistic response in 2011. But a majority of citizens still describe economic conditions as bad, according to a new Afrobarometer survey. Read more
50 years of freedom of association: Right is firmly established, though far from absolute, in Africa (Afrobarometer findings) A half-century after the United Nations formalized the freedoms of assembly and association, eight out of 10 Africans feel at least “somewhat free” to join any political organisation they want, a new Afrobarometer report shows. Read more
Do Africans still want democracy? Afrobarometer findings warn of democratic recession, point to long-term gains A decade-long upward trend in African citizens’ demand for democracy has ended with a downward turn since 2012, according to a new Afrobarometer analysis. Read more
World Development Information Day: China’s growing presence in Africa wins positive popular reviews (Afrobarometer findings) In the eyes of Africans, China rivals the United States in influence and popularity as a development model, according to a new Afrobarometer report released on World Development Information Day. Read more
Tanzanians’ strong support for ‘watchdog’ media, high ratings of media performance undergird debate over Media Services Bill A majority of Tanzanians favour a media free of government interference, although this support has dropped sharply in recent years. Read more
Job performance of MPs, local councillors: Are representatives serving Africa’s voters or themselves? (Afrobarometer findings) Members of Parliament and local government councillors across Africa have earned little trust and largely negative performance ratings from their constituents, a new report from Afrobarometer shows. Read more
Election quality, public trust are central issues as African nations look toward next contests (Afrobarometer findings) Only half of Africans trust their national electoral commissions, and many fear violence and unfair practices during election campaigns, according to a new report by Afrobarometer. Read more
Behind Gabon’s election dispute, citizens strongly support multiparty democracy, reject autocratic alternatives Behind Gabon’s eruption in post-election conflict, its citizens are among the strongest in Africa in their support for multiparty democracy and their rejection of non-democratic alternatives, a new analysis by Afrobarometer shows. Read more
In Gabon, overwhelming public distrust of CENAP and election quality forms backdrop for presidential vote dispute Gabon’s presidential election dispute is playing out against a background of overwhelming public distrust of the national election commission (CENAP) and strikingly negative assessments of the country’s election environment in advance of the August 2016... Read more

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