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Afrobarometer: Round 1.5 Survey of Nigeria, 2001 (ICPSR 4235)

Principal Investigator(s): Alemika, Etannibi, University of Jos (Nigeria). Department of Sociology; Bratton, Michael, Michigan State University; Lewis, Peter, American University. School of International Service


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 Nigeria. Respondents were asked to rate Nigeria's President Obasanjo and his administration's overall performance, and to state the most important issues facing the nation. 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 Independent 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, and the inclusiveness of the government. 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 addressed whether everyone should be responsible for themselves and their own success or failure, what characteristics respondents used to identify themselves, whether it was easy to obtain assistance with securing food, water, schooling, and medical services, and by what methods respondents did so. Background variables include age, language spoken most at home, education, current employment status, employment status over the last 12 months, employment history, family financial situation over the last 12 months, monetary support system, whether a close friend or relative had died from AIDS, language used in interview, sex, ethnicity, religious affiliation, religious participation, type of physical disability (if any) type of housing, and respondent's attitude during the interview.

Series: Afrobarometer Survey Series

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Study Description


Alemika, Etannibi, Michael Bratton, and Peter Lewis. Afrobarometer: Round 1.5 Survey of Nigeria, 2001 . ICPSR04235-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005-11-22. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04235.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04235.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Agency for International Development. Regional Center for Southern Africa (AEP-1-00-99-00040-00, 810)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    democracy, government, government performance, information sources, markets, national interests, Nigeria, political attitudes, political change, political corruption, political participation, political systems, public confidence, public opinion, quality of life, social attitudes, standard of living, trust in government

Geographic Coverage:    Africa, Nigeria, Global

Time Period:   

  • 2001-08-21--2001-09-09

Date of Collection:   

  • 2001-08-21--2001-09-09

Universe:    Citizens of Nigeria aged 18 years or older.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) Variable Q49B has one undocumented code, "996". (2) Variable Q49C has one undocumented code, "996". (3) The Stata files in this collection lack value labels for variable REGIONWT, because Stata does not allow value labels on non-integer values. Refer to the codebook for coding and additional information on this variable. (4) This survey was administered in all regions of Nigeria in proportion to the relative size of each region in the national population. (5) Additional information on Afrobarometer research projects is provided on the Afrobarometer Web site.


Sample:    National probability sample.

Weight:    Weighting variable, REGIONWT, adjusts the distribution of the sample to take account of oversamples or undersamples with respect to region. See codebook for details.

Response Rates:    Approximately 90 percent.

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:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2005-11-22

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