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Perceptions of democracy, political parties and freedom of movement in SADC

25 May 2016 Eswatini
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Findings from Afrobarometer Round 6 surveys in Swazilandin 2016.

At a glance:

  • Political parties: Six out of every 10 (64%) of Swazi’s believe political parties to be divisive and cause confusion hence they are unnecessary.
  • Democracy: Public satisfaction with the way democracy works in Swaziland has decreased from 36% in 2013 to 28% in 2015.
  • Freedom of movement: More than half (55%) of Swazis say it is currently “difficult” or “very difficult” to cross international borders to work or trade in other countries in the region.
  • Regional intervention: Pluralities of Swazis say the AU (44%) and SADC (48%) help their country “somewhat” or “a lot.