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AD6: Perceived corruption escalates, trust in institutions drops: A call for ordinary Ghanaians to get involved in the fight

Daniel Armah-Attoh 2 Dec 2014 Ghana
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Key findings
  • Large majorities (ranging from 69% to 89%) of Ghanaians perceive corruption among “some,” “most,” or “all” of the police, national government officials, members of Parliament, judges and magistrates, tax officials of the Ghana Revenue Authority, district chief executives, the president and officials in his office, local government representatives, officials of the Electoral Commission, business executives, traditional leaders, and religious leaders. Except for a slight decline from 2012 to 2014, trends reveal that this negative perception has increased significantly over time.

Most Ghanaians perceive some or all of their government, law enforcement, and judiciary officials, as well as business executives and traditional and religious leaders, as corrupt, according to new Afrobarometer survey data. Over-time analysis reveals rising trends in the level of perceived corruption among public officials and informal leaders. Indeed, a majority of citizens believe corruption has increased over the past year.

Daniel Armah-Attoh

Daniel is the project manager for North and Anglophone West Africa