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Popular attitudes toward democracy in Namibia: A summary of Afrobarometer indicators, 1999-2008

This document provides a summary of popular attitudes regarding the demand for and supply of democracy in Nambia as revealed over the course of five Afrobarometer surveys conducted between 1999 and 2008 (Sept.-Oct. 1999, N=1183; March-June 2002, N=1200; Aug.-Sept. 2003, N=1199; Feb.- Mar. 2006, N=1200; Oct.-Dec. 2008, N=1200). Samples of this size yield a margin of error of +/- 3
percent at a confidence level of 95 percent. The charts that follow capture perceptions of:

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Popular attitudes toward democracy in Malawi: A summary of Afrobarometer indicators, 1999-2008

This document provides a summary of popular attitudes regarding the demand for and supply of democracy in Malawi as revealed over the course of four Afrobarometer surveys conducted between 1999 and 2008 (Nov.-Dec. 1999, N=1208; Apr.-May 2003, N=1200; June-July 2005, N=1200; October 2008, N=1200). Samples of this size yield a margin of error of +/- 3 percent at a confidence level of 95 percent. The charts that follow capture perceptions of:

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Amid political upheaval, Basotho support democratic process, reject military rule; trust in political institutions remains low

Basotho overwhelmingly support democratic elections and reject military and strongman rule, according to a new Afrobarometer study.

The survey, conducted at a time of mounting political tensions leading to the dissolution of Parliament, sheds light on citizen views on democracy and trust in political institutions, among other issues.

The Afrobarometer Round 6 public opinion survey interviewed 1,200 Basotho in May 2014. The nationally representative sample yields a +/- 3% margin of error with a 95% confidence level.

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Basotho dissatisfied with the way democracy is working

Only about one-third of Basotho are satisfied with the way democracy is working in their country, the 2014 Afrobarometer survey reveals.
Almost half of respondents in the recent survey say Lesotho is “a democracy with major problems” or “not a democracy at all.” These findings indicate significantly more negative public perceptions of Lesotho’s democracy than in 2012.

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Popular attitudes toward democracy in Lesotho: A summary of Afrobarometer indicators, 1999-2008

This document provides a summary of popular attitudes regarding the demand for and supply of democracy in Lesotho as revealed over the course of four Afrobarometer surveys conducted between 1999 and 2008 (Mar.-June 1999, N=1177; Feb.-April 2003, N=1200; July-Aug. 2005, N=1161; Oct.-Nov. 2008, N=1200). Samples of this size yield a margin of error of +/- 3 percent at a confidence level of 95 percent. The charts that follow capture perceptions of:

The meaning of democracy;

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Popular attitudes toward democracy in South Africa: A summary of Afrobarometer indicators, 2000-2008

This document provides a summary of popular attitudes regarding the demand for and supply of democracy in South Africa as revealed over the course of five Afrobarometer surveys conducted between 2000 and 2008 (July-Aug. 2000, N=2200; Sept.-Oct. 2002, N=2400; Oct.-Nov. 2004, N=2400; Feb. 2006, N=2400; Oct.-Nov. 2008, N=2400). Samples of this size yield a margin of error of +/- 2 percent at a confidence level of 95 percent. The charts that follow capture perceptions of:

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Kenya summary of democracy indicators (2003-2008)

This document provides a summary of popular attitudes regarding the demand for and supply of democracy in Kenya as revealed over the course of three Afrobarometer surveys conducted between 2003 and 2008 (Aug.-Sept. 2003, N=2398; Sep. 2005, N=1278; Oct.-Nov. 2008, N=1104). Samples of this size yield a margin of error of +/- 2 to 3 percent at a confidence level of 95 percent. The charts that follow capture perceptions of:

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WP156: Deliberate disengagement: How education decreases political participation in electoral authoritarian regimes

A large literature examining advanced and consolidating democracies suggests that education increases political participation. However, in electoral authoritarian regimes, educated voters may instead deliberately disengage. If education increases critical capacities, political awareness, and support for democracy, educated citizens may believe that participation is futile or legitimates autocrats. We test this argument in Zimbabwe – a paradigmatic electoral authoritarian regime – by exploiting cross-cohort variation in access to education following a major educational reform.

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Cape Verde summary of democracy indicators (2002-2008)

This document provides a summary of popular attitudes regarding the demand for and supply of democracy in Cape Verde as revealed over the course of three Afrobarometer surveys conducted between 2002 and 2008 (June 2002, N=1268; Mar.-April 2005, N=1256; May 2008, N=1266). Samples of this size yield a margin of error of +/- 3 percent at a confidence level of 95 percent. The charts that
follow capture perceptions of:

The meaning of democracy;

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BP152: Democratization in Kenya: Public dissatisfied with the benefit-less transition

Africa’s transition to multiparty democracy has often been accompanied by a re-institutionalization of autocratic regimes and authoritarianism. This tension between the forces of progress and regression has become an enduring feature of Africa’s electoral and democratic transitions, a contradiction of more frequent elections and the consolidation of multipartyism accompanied by a reversal of democratic gains and the institutionalization of violence during elections. Elections and democracy have not always correlated strongly.

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BP144: The perils and complexity of democratic values in Namibia

Namibia has been unique in its transition to democracy. This is illustrated in the formal role of the international community during the transition and in the expression of democratic values and practices measured by international indices including the Afrobarometer surveys. Looking specifically at the Afrobarometer data, the values of Namibians revealed in the surveys generally correspond to those of other surveyed countries.

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BP137: The practice of democracy in Ghana: Beyond the formal framework

In December 2012, Ghana held its sixth multi-party elections under the Fourth Republic. Given this record and the subsequent esteem with which Ghana’s democracy is held, this paper seeks to examine the depth of both formal and participatory democracy in Ghana using Afrobarometer survey data. Furthermore, the paper will examine whether citizens’ quest to secure basic public service facilities and delivery in their communities democracy in Ghana.

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BP136: Political accountability in Ghana: Evidence from Afrobarometer Round 5 survey

This briefing paper intends to shed light on Ghanaian attitudes toward political accountability and assess the ordinary citizens’ role in this crucial part of the democratic process. In doing so, the paper draws from evidence from Round 5 of the Afrobarometer survey regarding five key aspects of political accountability - associational activity and local political participation; citizen engagement with the state; access to information; accountability and responsibility; and perceptions of corruption.

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BP123: Governance and democracy attitudes in higher performing African countries

Namibia is usually regarded as one of the best performing democracies in Africa.Using the Afrobarometer Round 5 survey, this paper compares public attitudes that are central to democratic life across high performing countries in Africa. Several important survey questions pertaining to the demand for democracy, the supply of democracy, and the citizens’ role in democratic life will help in the comparison of democratic attitudes. In addition to Namibia, other countries usually at the top of democracy ratings will be included in the comparison to judge the consolidation of democratic values.

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BP118: Popular attitudes toward democracy in Mauritius

Expert assessments of democracy such as the Freedom House Index, Mo Ibrahim Index on Governance, among others, have always rated Mauritius as a paragon of democracy on the African continent. The availability of data from the 2012 Afrobarometer survey that gauged the attitudes and opinions of Mauritian citizens on democracy, governance, the economy, leadership, identity and other related issues, provides us with the first opportunity to test whether ordinary Mauritians agree with those assessments. At the same time, we can compare Mauritius with other African countries. 

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