Although most Namibians support multiparty competition, fewer feel close to any political party, survey shows

More than two-thirds of Namibians say the country needs many political parties to ensure that citizens have real choices in who governs them, according to the latest Afrobarometer survey, but the proportion of citizens who identify with a political party continues to drop.

Survey findings show that large majorities of Namibians support multiparty competition and feel that voters have the power to elect leaders who will improve their lives. But the share of the voting-age population who identify with political parties has declined sharply over the past five years. Those who are less likely to feel close to a political party include youth and urban residents.