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Approval rating of government’s anti-corruption efforts dips after significant improvement in 2017, new Afrobarometer study shows

28 Jul 2022 Ghana
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Key findings
  • Only one in seven (14%) of Ghanaians say the government is doing “fairly badly” or “very badly” in fighting corruption, a quarter of the proportion who applauded government’s anti-graft efforts in 2017 (60%) (Figure 1).
  • More than three-fourths (77%) of Ghanaians say the level of corruption in the country has increased “somewhat” or “a lot” over the past year, more than double the proportion recorded in 2017 (36%) (Figure 2). Only 6% say the level of corruption has decreased.
  • Two-thirds (65%) say “most” or “all” police officials are corrupt while, more than half see widespread corruption at the office of the president (55%) and among members of Parliament (54%) (Figure 3). Non-governmental organizations are least commonly seen as corrupt (22%).
  • Seven in 10 (69%) say people risk retaliations or other negative consequences if they report incidents of corruption to the authorities, up from 61% in 2019 (Figure 4).
  • The Ghana Armed Forces is the most trusted institution (67% say they trust them “somewhat” or “a lot”), followed by religious leaders (49%), and traditional leaders (44%) (Figure 5).

Large majorities of Ghanaians say the level of corruption in the country has increased and the government is doing a poor job of fighting it, a stark reversal from the positive assessments recorded in 2017, a new Afrobarometer survey shows.

Many citizens see widespread corruption in key institutions public institutions, but fear retaliations should they report cases of corruption to the authorities. The survey also shows higher levels of popular trust in the Ghana Armed Forces, and religious and traditional leaders, than in the political class.

Globally, Ghana ranks 73rd out of 180 countries on Transparency International’s 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index, two places above its 2020 position.