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Afrobarometer Round 6: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in Botswana, 2014 (ICPSR 36650)

Alternate Title:   Afrobarometer Round 6: Botswana

Principal Investigator(s): Lekorwe, Mogopodi, University of Botswana


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, and national identity. In addition, Round 6 surveys included special modules on taxation; tolerance; crime, conflict and insecurity; political corruption; interregional relations; perceptions of China; use of technology; and social service delivery.

This particular data collection was concerned with the attitudes and opinions of the citizens of Botswana, and also includes a number of "country-specific questions" designed specifically for respondents of the Botswana survey. These "country-specific questions" solicited respondents' opinions on topics such as legal reform designed to improve government accountability, rights and liberties of people involved in same-sex relationships, whether respondents would report family members involved in same-sex relationships to police, and proposed changes to government structure.

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 6 surveys were implemented in 36 countries.

Series: Afrobarometer Survey Series

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Lekorwe, Mogopodi. Afrobarometer Round 6: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in Botswana, 2014. ICPSR36650-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2017-11-14. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36650.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36650.v1

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This study was funded by:

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

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    corruption, courts, democracy, economic change, economic conditions, gender, government, government performance, government regulation, information sources, living conditions, national interests, police, political attitudes, political change, political corruption, political participation, presidential performance, presidents, public confidence, public opinion, quality of life, same-sex marriage, social attitudes, standard of living, trust in government, victimization, victims, violence, voter attitudes, voters, voting behavior

Smallest Geographic Unit:    district

Geographic Coverage:    Africa, Botswana, Global, Sub-Saharan Africa

Time Period:   

  • 2014

Date of Collection:   

  • 2014-06-28--2014-07-12

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Citizens of Botswana 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.


Sample:    The Afrobarometer uses a clustered, stratified, multi-stage, 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. Please refer to the Afrobarometer Sampling Principles Web site for additional sampling information.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Weight:    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. Please visit the Afrobarometer Web site for more information regarding weights.

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

Response Rates:    The response rate for the Botswana data collection was 76.7%.

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:   2017-11-14



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