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Afrobarometer: Round I Survey of Mali, January 2001 (ICPSR 3935)

Principal Investigator(s): Bratton, Michael, Michigan State University; Coulibaly, Massa, Groupe de Recherche en Economie Appliquee et Theorique; Machado, Fabiana, Michigan State University


This survey conducted January 3-27, 2001, is part of a series of studies designed to assess attitudes about democracy, markets, and civil society in African nations and to track the evolution of such attitudes over time. This particular survey was concerned with the attitudes and opinions of the residents of Mali. Respondents were asked to compare the effectiveness of the democratic government to the previous military government. Those queried were asked about their understanding of and associations with democracy, their overall interest and involvement in the government and its affairs, whether Mali was a good democracy, to what extent Mali was a democracy, and whether a democratic government was preferable to other systems of government. Opinions were gathered on the role of the government in improving the economy, how well the current government had fulfilled its promises, the government's handling of crime, health care, education, poverty, and housing, whether corruption existed in the current government, whether government officials were responsive to the needs and concerns of the general population, whether the current government was too complicated to be understood by the general population, and whether the government, political parties, the police, the military, and other social institutions could be trusted. Societal questions addressed how much trust could be placed in other people, whether it was wise to plan ahead, whether everyone should be responsible for themselves and their own success or failure, whether members of a family should share the same political beliefs, whether it is dangerous to allow too many differing views and opinions, whether people should be allowed to vote if they are not informed about the issues, and whether it was easy to obtain assistance in securing food, water, schooling, and medical services. Economic questions sought respondent views on whether large income disparities within the population were fair, whether encouraging people to start small businesses would create more jobs, whether allowing foreign investment in Mali was a good idea, and whether land should be owned by the individual or by the community. Background variables include age, sex, education, religious orientation, occupation, level of national pride, primary language, political ideology, political orientation, voter registration status, and household income.

Series: Afrobarometer Survey Series

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Study Description


Bratton, Michael, Massa Coulibaly, and Fabiana Machado. Afrobarometer: Round I Survey of Mali, January 2001. ICPSR03935-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2004. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03935.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03935.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Danish Government Trust Fund (7112344)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    democracy, government, government performance, markets, national interests, political attitudes, political change, political participation, political systems, public confidence, public opinion, quality of life, social attitudes, standard of living, trust in government

Geographic Coverage:    Africa, Global, Mali

Time Period:   

  • 2001-01

Date of Collection:   

  • 2001-01-03--2001-01-27

Universe:    Citizens of Mali aged 18 years and older.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Additional information on Afrobarometer research projects is provided on the Afrobarometer Web site at http://www.afrobarometer.org.

Produced by the African Workers Participation Development Program (PADEP), Mali, 2003.


Sample:    Multistage, clustered, random probability sample.

Data Source:

personal interviews

Response Rates:    approximately 90 percent

Restrictions: This data collection may not be used for any purpose other than statistical reporting and analysis. Use of these data to learn the identity of any person or establishment is prohibited. To preserve respondent anonymity, certain identifying variables are restricted from general dissemination.


Original ICPSR Release:   2004-03-10

Version History:

  • 2005-12-15 On 2005-08-15 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-12-15 to reflect these additions.

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