Afrobarometer: Round II Survey of Ghana, 2002 (ICPSR 4233)

Version Date: May 15, 2008 View help for published

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E. Gyimah-Boadi, University of Ghana-Legon. Department of Political Science. Centre for Democracy and Development in Ghana (CDD-Ghana); Kwabena Amoah Awvah Mensah, Unknown


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The Afrobarometer project was designed to assess attitudes toward democracy, markets, and civil society in several sub-Saharan African nations, and to track the evolution of such attitudes in those nations over time. This particular survey was concerned with the attitudes and opinions of the citizens of Ghana. Respondents were asked to rate Ghana's President Kufour and his administration's overall performance, to state the most important issues facing the 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 local and national government, whether government officials were responsive to problems of the general population, and whether local government officials, the police, the courts, the overall criminal justice system, the media, the National Electoral Commission, and the government broadcasting service could be trusted. Respondents were polled on their knowledge of government officials, their level of personal involvement in political, governmental, and community affairs, the inclusiveness of the government, and the identification of causes of conflict and resources which may aid in the resolution of conflict. Economic questions addressed the past, present, and future of the country's and the respondent's economic condition, and whether great income disparities are fair. Societal questions were asked of respondents concerning the meaning of being "poor" and "rich", monetary support systems, personal responsibility for success or failure, characteristics used in self-identification, methods for securing food, water, schooling, medical services, news and information, and ease of obtaining assistance for certain services. Background variables include age, gender, ethnicity, religious affiliation and participation, language spoken most at home, whether the respondent was head of household, education, current and past employment status, whether a close friend or relative had died from AIDS, language used in interview, type of physical disability, if any, type of housing, and respondent's attitude during the interview. In addition, demographic information pertaining to the interviewer is provided, as well as their response to the interview and observations of the environment.

Gyimah-Boadi, E., and Mensah, Kwabena Amoah Awvah. Afrobarometer: Round II Survey of Ghana, 2002. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-05-15.

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2002-08-29 -- 2002-09-30
2002-08-29 -- 2002-09-30
(1) This survey was administered in all ten regions in proportion to the relative size of each region in the national population. (2) To preserve respondent confidentiality, the variable DISTRICT has been recoded to "BLANKED", variable Q80 has been top coded at 80, and variable Q82 has been top coded at 15 in the public-use version of this collection. (3) In producing the full product suite of files, variables DATEINTR, STRTIME, and ENDTIME have been changed from date to string variables. As a result, they have moved from their original positions in the data file to the end of the variable list. (4) Additional information about the Afrobarometer Survey can be found at the Afrobarometer Web site.

National probability sample.

Citizens of Ghana aged 18 and older.

survey data

Approximately 90 percent.


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:
  • Gyimah-Boadi, E., and Kwabena Amoah Awvah Mensah. Afrobarometer: Round II Survey of Ghana, 2002. ICPSR04233-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-05-15.

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