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

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


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.

Series: Afrobarometer Survey Series

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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. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35547.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35547.v1

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This study was funded by:

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

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    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

Smallest Geographic Unit:    Region

Geographic Coverage:    Africa, Cape Verde, Global, Sub-Saharan Africa

Time Period:   

  • 2011-12

Date of Collection:   

  • 2011-03-12--2011-12-17

Unit of Observation:    Individual

Universe:    Citizens of Cape Verde aged 18 years or older.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

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.


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


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.

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

Response Rates:    94.2 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.


Original ICPSR Release:   2015-02-20



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