Afrobarometer Round 5: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in Ghana, 2012 (ICPSR 35548)

Published: Mar 2, 2015

Principal Investigator(s):
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

Series:

https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35548.v1

Version V1

The Afrobarometer is a comparative series of public attitude surveys that collects and disseminates data regarding Africans' views on democracy, governance, the economy, civil society, and related issues. The data are collected from nationally representative samples in face-to-face interviews in the language of the respondent's choice. Standard topics for the Afrobarometer include attitudes toward and evaluations of democracy, governance and economic conditions, political participation, national identity, and social capital. In addition, Round 5 surveys included special modules on taxation; gender issues; crime, conflict and insecurity; globalization; and social service delivery. The surveys also collect a large set of socio-demographic indicators such as age, gender, education level, poverty level, language and ethnicity, and religious affiliation, as well as political party affiliation. Afrobarometer Round 5 surveys were implemented in 35 countries. This particular data collection was concerned with the attitudes and opinions of the citizens of Ghana, and also includes a number of "country-specific questions," many of which are oil-related, designed specifically for the Ghana survey.

Gyimah-Boadi, E., Bratton, Michael, Mattes, Robert, Logan, Carolyn, and Dulani, Boniface. Afrobarometer Round 5: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in Ghana, 2012. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-03-02. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35548.v1

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Department for International Development (United Kingdom)

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United States Agency for International Development

access to information   bribery   cellular phones   citizenship   community involvement   community participation   corruption   courts   crime   democracy   developing nations   economic aid   economic change   economic conditions   education   elections   employment   equality   ethics   ethnic identity   food security   freedom   freedom of speech   freedom of the press   gender   gender issues   gender roles   government   government corruption   government performance   government services   health care   health care access   health care facilities   income   information sources   infrastructure   judicial corruption   legislatures   living conditions   local elections   local government   local politics   media use   medical care   national elections   national interests   news media   oil production   parliamentary elections   police   police corruption   political attitudes   political corruption   political elites   political participation   political parties   poverty   presidential performance   public confidence   public opinion   public schools   quality of life   revenue   sanitation   schools   social attitudes   social inequality   social services   standard of living   taxes   term limits   trust in government   violence   womens rights

Region

2012-05-08 -- 2012-05-27

2012-05-08 -- 2012-05-27

Additional information about the Afrobarometer Survey 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.

Cross-sectional

Citizens of Ghana aged 18 years or older.

Individual

survey data

Variables used in the Afrobarometer fall into the following categories: Democracy: Variables examine the popular understanding of, support for, and satisfaction with democracy, as well as any desire to return to (or experiment with) authoritarian alternatives. Respondents' support for democratic institutions is also explored. Governance: Variables examine the demand for (and satisfaction with) effective, accountable, and clean government as well as respondents' judgments of overall governance performances and social service delivery. Elections: Variables examine participation in campaigns and elections, the quality of electoral processes, and respondents' voting intentions. Macro-economics and Markets: Variables examine citizen assessments of national and personal economic and living conditions, the direction of the country, and respondents' evaluations of government's performance in managing the economy and creating jobs. The Ghana survey also includes several variables examining respondents' perspectives on the management of a newly-discovered oil deposit. Poverty: Variables examine how often respondents experience shortages of basic essentials (food, water, and medical care) in their daily lives. Indicators of basic living conditions are also included. Social Capital: Variables examine whom respondents trust, respondents' reliance on informal networks and associations, and evaluations of the trustworthiness of institutions. Conflict and Crime: Variables examine perceptions of safety and experiences with crime and violence. Participation: Variables examine respondents' participation in development efforts, voting, political processes, and protests. National Identity: Variables examine how respondents identify themselves relative to ethnicity, class, and nationality. The dataset also includes a wide variety of demographic variables describing the respondent's background, housing conditions, and community.

72.9 percent

2015-03-02

2015-03-02

2015-03-02 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 variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

The data are not weighted. However, this collection includes the weight variable WITHINWT that should be used in any analysis. This weight was created to account for individual selection probabilities.

Notes

  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

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