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Key findings
  • The proportion of Guineans who went without enough food, clean water, and other basic necessities increased compared to 2013.
  • The proportion of Guineans who went without enough food, clean water, and other basic necessities increased compared to 2013.
  • The same majority (64%) feel that their country is heading in the wrong direction – a 14-percentage-point increase from 2015.
  • The proportion of Guineans who think things will improve over the next 12 months has dropped from 64% in 2013 to 42
  • Large majorities of Guineans give poor ratings to their government’s performance on managing the economy (74%), improving living standards of the poor (84%), and narrowing income gaps (86%).

Despite their country’s tremendous reserves of bauxite, iron ore, gold, and diamonds, 55% of Guineans live under the poverty line. Growth in the mining sector has not trickled down to average citizens, many of whom face a dearth of jobs, frequent power cuts, and inadequate supplies of drinking water (Republic of Guinea, 2017). Government efforts, over the past five years, to curtail public spending, improve budget management, and enhance economic growth have not produced lower living costs, and public frustration is growing (United Nations Development Programme, 2019).

Findings from the most recent Afrobarometer public opinion survey show that Guineans are growing increasingly critical of the country’s overall direction and their government’s management of the economy. Most describe the country’s economy and their personal living conditions as bad, and optimism about improvement in the near future is waning.

Thomas Isbell

Post-doctoral research fellow and research assistant at Afrobarometer

Aliou Barry

Aliou Barry is director of Stat View International, the Afrobarometer national partner in Guinea.

Sadhiska Bhoojedhur

Sadhiska Bhoojedhur is a senior data analyst for Island Living, Mauritius.