The Afrobarometer survey collects data about individual attitudes and behavior in African countries.

Main Points

The Afrobarometer survey collects data about individual attitudes and behavior, including innovative indicators especially relevant to developing societies. There are 5 round surveys available: round I (1999-2001) – 12 countries; round 2 (2002-2003) – 16 countries; round 3 (2005-2006) – 18 countries; round 4 (2008-2009) 20 countries; round 5 (2011-2013) – 35 countries.

Main Survey Topics

1. Democracy

Popular understanding of, support for, and satisfaction with democracy, as well as any desire to return to, or experiment with, authoritarian alternatives.

2. Governance

The demand for, and satisfaction with, effective, accountable and clean government; judgments of overall governance performance and social service delivery.

3. Livelihoods

How do African families survive? What variety of formal and informal means do they use to gain access to food, shelter, water, health, employment and money?

4. Macro-economics and Markets

Citizen understandings of market principles and market reforms and their assessments of economic conditions and government performance at economic management.

5. Social Capital

Whom do people trust? To what extent do they rely on informal networks and associations? What are their evaluations of the trustworthiness of various institutions?

6. Conflict and Crime

How safe do people feel? What has been their experience with crime and violence?

7. Participation

The extent to which ordinary folks join in development efforts, comply with the laws of the land, vote in elections, contact elected representatives, and engage in protest. The quality of electoral representation.

8. National Identity

How do people see themselves in relation to ethnic and class identities? Does a shared sense of national identity exist?

The dataset covers most of the African countries.

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