The findings at a glance:
- Almost six of 10 Zambians (59%) say elections function well in enabling voters to remove leaders who do not do what the people want. This proportion has nearly doubled from 30% in 2005.
- More than half (51%) say elections ensure that MPs reflect the views of voters, an increase from 29% in 2005.
- A majority (59%) perceive the 2011 elections as “completely free and fair,” and an additional 20% say they “free and fair, but with minor problems.”
- A plurality of Zambians say that voters are never threatened with violence and a quarter said they are never bribed and a third said that votes are always counted fairly.
Graph: Voting in elections is something good citizens should do
Respondents were asked: For each of the following actions, please tell me whether you think it is something a good citizen in a democracy should always do, never do, or do only if they choose: Vote in elections.