Africa Public Opinion

Public opinion research on Africa is not
always easy to come by. Simon Robinson of the TIME Global Health Blog has
provided a link to afrobarometer.org that is a treasure trove of public opinion
research from several nations on the continent.

Research to determine perceptions and attitudes, actual circumstances, hopes and desires is critically important to communicators today. I know it can sound tedious and research can be misused. (I know a lot of other criticism as well, but I’ll spare you having to read it.) As you can see by my acknowledgment from the outset, I’ve dealt with those who don’t have the same enthusiasm for research as I do.

But I persist. Simon Robinson at the TIME Global Health Blog has provided a link to afrobarometer.org that is a treasure trove of research on Africa. It’s some of the most interesting information of its kind that I’ve seen and if you’re interested in contemporary information about attitudes on that continent, this is one place to go.

A summary of key findings can be found AfrobriefNo1.pdf. It’s a concise collection of attitudes towards democracy, corruption and basic expectations about the role of government.

If you groove on information like this, check it out.

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