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Afrobarometer Round 4: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in 20 African Countries, 2008 (ICPSR 36359)

Principal Investigator(s): Bratton, Michael, Michigan State University; Mattes, Robert, Institute for Democracy in South Africa; Gyimah-Boadi, E., Ghana Center for Democratic Development

Summary:

The Afrobarometer project was designed to collect and disseminate information regarding Africans' views on democracy, governance, economic reform, civil society, and quality of life. This particular data collection was concerned with the attitudes and opinions of the citizens of 20 nations within the continent of Africa. Respondents in a face-to-face interview were asked to rate their president and the president's administration in overall performance, to state the most important issues facing their nation, and to evaluate the effectiveness of certain continental and international institutions. Opinions were gathered on the role of the government in improving the economy, whether corruption existed in local and national government, whether government officials were responsive to problems of the general population, and whether local government officials, the police, the courts, the overall criminal justice system, and the National Electoral Commission could be trusted. Additionally respondents were polled about their political involvement and opinions on controversial topics. Economic questions addressed the past, present, and future of the country and the respondents' living conditions. Demographic variables include age, gender, ethnicity, education, religious affiliation, language spoken most at home, whether the respondent was the head of the household, current and past employment status, and language used in interview. In addition, the interviewer's gender, race, and education level is provided.

Series: Afrobarometer Survey Series

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Bratton, Michael, Robert Mattes, and E. Gyimah-Boadi. Afrobarometer Round 4: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in 20 African Countries, 2008. ICPSR36359-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2016-06-13. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36359.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36359.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
  • Department for International Development (United Kingdom)
  • Mo Ibrahim Foundation
  • United States Agency for International Development

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    cellular phones, citizenship, democracy, economic conditions, elections, gender, government, government performance, information sources, living conditions, local government, national interests, police, political attitudes, political change, political corruption, political leaders, political participation, political parties, presidential performance, presidents, public confidence, public opinion, quality of life, social attitudes, social services, standard of living, taxes, trust in government, voter attitudes, voting behavior

Smallest Geographic Unit:    Region

Geographic Coverage:    Africa, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ghana, Global, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Time Period:   

  • 2008

Date of Collection:   

  • 2008-03-04--2009-06-24

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Citizens of 20 African countries aged 18 years or older.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Additional information on the Afrobarometer Survey can be found by visiting the Afrobarometer Web site.

Methodology

Sample:    The Afrobarometer uses a clustered, stratified, multi-stage, area probability sample design. The sample is designed as a representative cross-section of all citizens of voting age in a given country. The goal is to give every adult citizen an equal and known chance of selection for interview. This objective is reached by (a) strictly applying random selection methods at every stage of sampling and by (b) applying sampling with probability proportionate to population size wherever possible. A randomly selected sample of 1,200 cases allows inferences to national adult populations with a margin of sampling error of no more than plus or minus 3 percent with a confidence level of 95 percent. If the sample size is increased to 2,400, the confidence interval shrinks to plus or minus 2 percent.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Weight:    The data are not weighted, however, this collection contains the weight variables WITHINWT, COMBINWT, and ACROSSWT that should be used in any analysis. Weights were created to account for individual selection probabilities.

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

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Original ICPSR Release:   2016-06-13

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