emaSwati show declining approval of elected leader as elections approach

A majority of emaSwati express dissatisfaction with the country’s leaders, according to the most recent Afrobarometer survey, with job-performance ratings falling significantly from 2015.

Interestingly, on matters of service delivery, a majority of emaSwati are of the opinion that the government has done well in addressing educational needs, reducing crime, and improving basic health services. However, fewer than half of emaSwati approve of the government’s performance in managing the economy, keeping prices stable, and creating jobs.

These data are being released as the country prepares for national elections that will take place later this year.