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Mauritians’ satisfaction with democracy reaches new low, Afrobarometer study shows

9 Jun 2022 Mauritius
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Key findings
  • More than seven in 10 Mauritians (71%) say democracy is preferable to any other political system of governance, although that proportion represents a 14- percentage-point decline since 2012 (85%) (Figure 1).
  • Only one-third of respondents (32%) say they are “fairly satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the way democracy is working in the country, a 40-percentage-point drop from 72% in 2012 (Figure 2).
  • Almost half (49%) of citizens describe the country as “not a democracy” or “a democracy with major problems,” a 29-percentage-point increase since 2012 (Figure 4).
  • A majority (59%) of respondents say that it is better in a democracy if power sometimes changes hands in elections from one political party to another (Figure 5).

Mauritians’ satisfaction with the way democracy works in the country has declined sharply over the past decade, a recent Afrobarometer survey indicates.

A large majority of citizens still say democracy is preferable to any other kind of political system, but the proportion of citizens who share this opinion is declining.

More than half of Mauritians say it’s good for a democracy if power changes hands via elections from time to time.