- Seven in 10 Nigerians (70%) say democracy is preferable to any other kind of government (Figure 1).
- But almost two-thirds (63%) of citizens describe the country as “a democracy with major problems” (50%) or “not a democracy” (13%), a 22-percentage-point increase since 2020 (Figure 2).
- And more than three-fourths (77%) of Nigerians say they are not satisfied with the way democracy works in the country. Dissatisfaction has increased by 20 percentage points since 2017 (Figure 3).
- More than seven in 10 Nigerians (71%) support elections as the best way to choose leaders (Figure 4). But 27% say that since elections sometimes produce bad results, the country should adopt other methods for choosing the country’s leaders (Figure 4). ▪ Mo
- Most citizens believe that elections don’t work well to ensure voters’ views are reflected (70%) and don’t enable voters to remove leaders who don’t do what the people want (77%) (Figure 5).
A majority of Nigerians prefer democracy to any other kind of government, but fully half describe the country as a democracy with major problems, a new Afrobarometer study shows.
Popular dissatisfaction with how Nigeria’s democracy is working continues to rise.
Most Nigerians support elections as the best way to choose leaders but believe that elections don’t work well to ensure that voters’ views are reflected or to enable voters to remove leaders who don’t do what the people want.
The country is preparing for general elections next year, its seventh since returning to democracy in 1999.