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Afrobarometer Round 5: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in Zimbabwe, 2012 (ICPSR 36214)

Principal Investigator(s): Gyimah-Boadi, E., Ghana Center for Democratic Development; Bratton, Michael, Michigan State University; Logan, Carolyn, Michigan State University; Dulani, Boniface, University of Malawi

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 survey was concerned with the attitudes and opinions of the citizens of Zimbabwe. 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 government, and whether government officials were responsive to problems of the general population. Respondents were also asked whether local government officials, the police, the army, the courts, the overall criminal justice system, and political parties could be trusted. Additionally, respondents were polled on their level of freedom, taxes, what kind of society they most wanted to see, their role in the community, and political action and activities. Economic questions addressed the past, present, and future of the country's and the respondents' economic conditions, and respondents' living conditions. In addition, opinions were sought on a range of additional topics specific to Zimbabwe. These topics included the national election, the Prime Minster, the Inclusive Government, political violence, governmental leadership performance, access to news information, term limits in political positions, national security, and political crimes. Background variables include age, gender, ethnicity, education, religious affiliation and participation, political party affiliation, language spoken most at home, current and past employment status, and language used in the interview.

Series: Afrobarometer Survey Series

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Gyimah-Boadi, E., Michael Bratton, Carolyn Logan, and Boniface Dulani. Afrobarometer Round 5: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in Zimbabwe, 2012. ICPSR36214-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-08-07. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36214.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36214.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    civil society, community involvement, corruption, crime, criminal justice system, democracy, economic conditions, economic reform, freedom, government performance, information sources, living conditions, local government, national interests, news media, political attitudes, political issues, political organizations, political violence, public confidence, public opinion, quality of life, social attitudes, social services, trust in government

Smallest Geographic Unit:    District

Geographic Coverage:    Africa, Global, Zimbabwe

Time Period:   

  • 2012

Date of Collection:   

  • 2012-07-16--2012-07-30

Unit of Observation:    Individual

Universe:    Citizens of Zimbabwe aged 18 years or older.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Additional information about the Afrobarometer Survey can be found at 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 includes a weight variable (WITHINWT) which should be used when calculating national-level statistics. Cases are weighted to account for individual selection probabilities. For additional information on weights, please see the Afrobarometer Round 5 Survey Manual.

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview, paper and pencil interview (PAPI)

Response Rates:    75.1 percent

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:   2015-08-07

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