In Sierra Leone, support for democracy remains high, but satisfaction with the way democracy works has dropped

Governance

Most Sierra Leoneans support democracy and reject authoritarian alternatives, but satisfaction with the way democracy works in the country has dipped, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows.

Among 18 countries surveyed in late 2019 and 2020, Sierra Leone records the second-highest level of support for democracy. Sierra Leoneans’ preference for accountable governance has also increased consistently since 2012.

However, compared to 2018, fewer citizens perceive the country as a functioning democracy and are satisfied with the way democracy works in the country. This follows drastic gains on these measures after a new government assumed office in 2018.