Afrobarometer Round 5: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in Malawi, 2012 (ICPSR 35554)

Published: Aug 4, 2015

Principal Investigator(s):
Blessings Chinsinga, University of Malawi. Centre for Social Research; Maxton Tsoka, University of Malawi. Centre for Social Research; 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 Malawi. 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 concerning government performance, trust, corruption, protesting, and public opinion in Malawi. Respondents were also asked their attitudes toward and evaluations of democracy, governance and economic conditions, political participation, national identity, and social capital. Additionally, respondents were polled on taxation, gender issues, crime, conflict and insecurity, globalization, and social service delivery. 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.

Chinsinga, Blessings, Tsoka, Maxton, Gyimah-Boadi, E., Bratton, Michael, Mattes, Robert, Logan, Carolyn, and Dulani, Boniface. Afrobarometer Round 5: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in Malawi, 2012. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-08-04.

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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

Census enumeration area

2012-06-04 -- 2012-07-01

2012-06-04 -- 2012-07-01

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-sectionof 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 Malawi aged 18 years or older.


survey data

face-to-face interview

paper and pencil interview (PAPI)

84.9 percent



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


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

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