Afrobarometer Round 6: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in Morocco, 2015 (ICPSR 36729)

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Mohammed Abderebbi; Imen Mezlini; Najib Saad


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Afrobarometer Round 6: Morocco

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. This particular data collection was concerned with the attitudes and opinions of the citizens of Morocco, and also includes a number of "country-specific questions" designed specifically for the Morocco survey.

The data were 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. The surveys for Morocco included specific questions about the usage of social media, choosing representatives, the impact of the Arab Spring, ISIL (The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) and AQIM (Al Qaida in the Maghreb), and human rights.

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.

Abderebbi, Mohammed, Mezlini, Imen, and Saad, Najib. Afrobarometer Round 6: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in Morocco, 2015. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2018-01-23.

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


Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
2015-11-02 -- 2015-11-22
Additional information on the Afrobarometer Survey can be found on the Afrobarometer Website.

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.

For more information on sampling, please refer to the sampling principles page of the Afrobarometer Website.

Cross-sectional, Longitudinal: Trend / Repeated Cross-section

Citizens age 18 years or older, excluding institutions

survey data

The response rate for the Morocco study was 38.30%.

Compared to other surveys from the Afrobarometer Survey Series, the response rate is low for this country's survey, and the refusal rate is high for many questions.

The main reasons for the low response rate and the high refusal rate were as follows:

  • The lack of interest in surveys and politics. According to the data, almost 45% of Moroccan are not interested in public affairs. Also, feedback from fieldwork managers corroborate this.
  • Fear of participating in surveys and expressing opinions about politics to avoid problems with authorities.
  • The high rate of illiteracy. Morocco has the highest rate of illiteracy of the participating Arab countries. According to the last census (2014), the illiteracy rate is around 32%.
  • The interview length. According to the feedback from the fieldwork teams, when interviewers inform respondents about the interview length before the interview, many refuse to take part.


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:
  • Abderebbi, Mohammed, Imen Mezlini, and Najib Saad. Afrobarometer Round 6: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in Morocco, 2015. ICPSR36729-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2018-01-23.

2018-01-23 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.

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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