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Trust, approval ratings high for Namibia’s president and prime minister following a long trend

Most Namibians trust their president and prime minister and approve of their job performance, the latest Afrobarometer survey indicates.

The survey findings suggest that Prime Minister Hage Geingob, who will be the country’s first non-Oshivambo presidential candidate in the 2014 elections, will continue to enjoy the public’s strong support for SWAPO. Rural respondents gave President Pohamba 14% more trust than did urban respondents. No ethnic reactions nor apathy is evident in the survey results.

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Namibians express strong policy preferences in comparison to the government

Most Namibians favour policy changes from the status quo on several specific policies asked about in the 2014 Afrobarometer Round 6 survey, despite showing strong support for the ruling party. For example, 78% of Namibians interviewed for the Round 6 Afrobarometer
opinion poll favoured the adoption of the Basic Income Grant Programme (BIG) even if it required new taxes such at Value Added Tax (VAT) or income tax. Although the government has rejected BIG, the people favour it nearly 8 out of ten. Similarly, nearly 9 in 10 Namibians

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Constitutional amendment passed without adequate public consultation, Namibians say

Most Namibians (55%) say the controversial Third Constitutional Amendment1 was passed without adequate public consultation, according to a new Afrobarometer survey.

By an overwhelming majority, eight of 10 Namibian survey respondents say that changing the Constitution should be preceded by extensive public consultation and that this did not occur for the recent amendment.

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Malawians support a strong Parliament in spite of disappointment with their representatives

Malawians value Parliament’s legislative and oversight role but are highly critical of the performance of parliamentarians, according to the latest Afrobarometer survey. A majority want parliament to vet the president’s appointment of cabinet ministers and hold the president accountable. Most citizens disapprove of how their Members of Parliament (MPs) have been doing their work and feel that their MPs do not listen to them. A significant proportion of MPs are perceived to be corrupt, and public trust in the National Assembly has waned.

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Majority of Malawians report the country is heading in the wrong direction

A strong majority (78%) reported the country was heading in the wrong direction, according to the latest Afrobarometer survey held in March 2014. Malawians perceptions on which direction the country is heading to, and perceptions about their living economic conditions were collected as part of the Afrobarometer Round 6 Survey.

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Amid political upheaval, Basotho support democratic process, reject military rule; trust in political institutions remains low

Basotho overwhelmingly support democratic elections and reject military and strongman rule, according to a new Afrobarometer study.

The survey, conducted at a time of mounting political tensions leading to the dissolution of Parliament, sheds light on citizen views on democracy and trust in political institutions, among other issues.

The Afrobarometer Round 6 public opinion survey interviewed 1,200 Basotho in May 2014. The nationally representative sample yields a +/- 3% margin of error with a 95% confidence level.

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Kenyans give mixed score on devolution and call for better participation

A majority of Kenyans are finding it difficult to participate in key county activities, the latest Afrobarometer survey indicates.

Public participation is at the core of devolution. However, the Afrobarometer survey shows that most Kenyans find it difficult to participate in the county budgeting and planning process, to influence county decision making, and to access information on county budgets, legislation, and project plans.

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Government scores poor marks on economic management

Ghana’s government performed poorly on the economic management scorecard of most citizens, according to the findings of a new Afrobarometer survey.

The latest Afrobarometer findings reveal that Ghanaians want the government to give top priority to managing the economy – a shift in policy priorities from 2005, 2008, and 2012 Afrobarometer surveys, in which unemployment was the leading policy priority of most Ghanaians.

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Togolese voice strong support for two-term limit

By a 6-to-1 margin, Togolese citizens favour a two-term limit for their president, according to a new Afrobarometer survey.

Based on the October 2014 survey, 85% of respondents agree – including 60% who “strongly agree” – with the statement that “The Constitution should limit the president of the Republic to serving a maximum of two terms in office” (see Figure 1 below). Only 13% favour no limit on presidential mandates.

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Mauritians want term limits for the Prime Minister and transparent political party financing

Mauritians do not want political leaders to remain in power ad vitam eternam and wish the Prime Minister to remain in power for a maximum of two terms.

Mauritians are also fully supportive of having more transparency in the way political parties finance their electoral campaigns.

However, they believe that finances for political parties should not come from the State or taxpayers money. Parties should look for their own funds.

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