Afrobarometer Round 5: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in Cape Verde, 2011 (ICPSR 35547)

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Deolinda Reis, Afrosondagem; Jose Semedo, Afrosondagem; Francisco Rodrigues, Afrosondagem; E. Gyimah-Boadi, Ghana Center for Democratic Development; Michael Bratton, Michigan State University; Robert Mattes, Institute for Democracy in South Africa; Carolyn Logan, Michigan State University; Boniface Dulani, University of Malawi


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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 Cape Verde. 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, the National Electoral Commission, the Ministry of Finance Tax Official, 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, equal rights regarding gender, 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 issues specific to Cape Verde. These issues included living and economic conditions, problems with local public schools, crime, and citizenship. 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.

Reis, Deolinda, Semedo, Jose, Rodrigues, Francisco, Gyimah-Boadi, E., Bratton, Michael, Mattes, Robert, … Dulani, Boniface. Afrobarometer Round 5: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in Cape Verde, 2011. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-02-20.

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Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Department for International Development (United Kingdom), Mo Ibrahim Foundation, World Bank, United States Agency for International Development
civil society   community involvement   corruption   crime   criminal justice system   democracy   economic conditions   economic reform   education   educational opportunities   educational system   fear of crime   freedom   gender   government   government corruption   government organizations   government performance   health care services   human services   information sources   legislatures   living conditions   local government   mass media   national interests   news media   police   political action   political affiliation   political attitudes   political behavior   political participation   political parties   political philosophy   presidential performance   presidents   public confidence   public interest   public opinion   public schools   quality of life   social attitudes   social environment   social services   standard of living   taxes   trust in government


Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
2011-03-12 -- 2011-12-17

Users may notice that there are date discrepancies between the data and the "Original P.I. Documentation." The data reference collection dates from December 3, 2011 to December 17, 2011. No additional information was provided.

Additional information on the Afrobarometer Survey studies can be found at the Afrobarometer Web site.

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.


Citizens of Cape Verde aged 18 years or older.

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94.2 percent


2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Reis, Deolinda, Jose Semedo, Francisco Rodrigues, E. Gyimah-Boadi, Michael Bratton, Robert Mattes, Carolyn Logan, and Boniface Dulani. Afrobarometer Round 5: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in Cape Verde, 2011. ICPSR35547-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-02-20.

2015-02-20 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:

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The data are not weighted. This collection contains one weight variable: WITHINWT. This weight variable adjusts the distribution of the sample based on individual selection probabilities (i.e., based on region, gender, urban-rural distribution, and size of household and enumeration area) and it should be applied when calculating national-level statistics for any given country. For more information on this weight and sampling please visit the Afrobarometer Web site and refer to the documentation on Surveys and Methods.


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