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Afrobarometer Round 5: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in Benin, 2011

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<10.3886/ICPSR35465.v1>
KeywordsTriple Keywords
Communication
Mass communication
Communication, Primitive
Self-government
Democracy
Life, Quality of
Quality of life
Business economics
Managerial economics
Science, Political
Government
Politics
Political science
Political theory
Administration
Commonwealth, The
Civil government
Political thought
Populations, Human
Population growth
Population
Human populations
Human population
Judiciary
Courts
Courts--Law and legislation
Justice
Injustice
Participation
Franchise
Elections
Polls
Electoral politics
Economic history
Economic conditions
Socioeconomic status
History, Economic
Schooling
Instruction
Education of children
Human resource development
Children--Education
Students--Education
Youth--Education
Education
Pedagogy
Education, Primitive
Parties, Political
Political party systems
Political parties
Party systems, Political
Languages
Language and languages
Foreign languages

Abstract

The Afrobarometer project was designed to collect and disseminate information regarding Africans' views on democracy, governance, economic reform, civil society, and quality of life. This particular survey was concerned with the attitudes and opinions of the citizens of Benin. Respondents in a face-to-face interview were asked to rate their president and the president's administration in overall performance, to state the most important issues facing their nation, and to evaluate the effectiveness of certain continental and international institutions. 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 National Electoral Commission, and the government broadcasting service could be trusted. Respondents were polled on their knowledge of the government, including the identification of government officials, their level of personal involvement in political, governmental, and community affairs, their participation in national elections, and the inclusiveness of the government. Economic questions addressed the past, present, and future of the country's and the respondents' economic conditions, and respondents' living conditions. Round 5 surveys included special modules on taxation; gender issues; crime, conflict and insecurity; globalization; and social service delivery. Background variables include age, gender, ethnicity, education, religious affiliation and participation, political party affiliation, language spoken most at home, whether the respondent was the head of household, current and past employment status, whether a close friend or relative had died from AIDS, and language used in interview. In addition, the interviewer's gender, race, and education level is provided.

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