81% of Ghanaians support democracy – Afrobarometer

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By Lorlornyofm February 26, 2019 20:25

81% of Ghanaians support democracy – Afrobarometer

An average of eight in 10 Ghanaians prefer democratic governance to authoritarianism, a new Afrobarometer study has revealed.

The report, released on Tuesday, 26 February 2019, also revealed that across the 34 surveyed countries, the average African still prefers democratic rule.

More than two-thirds (68%) say democracy is the best form of government, and more than seven in 10 reject abandoning multiparty elections in favour of strong-man rule (78%), a one-party state (74%), or military rule (72%).

“In the second of its Pan-Africa Profiles based on recent public-opinion surveys in 34 countries, Afrobarometer reports that contrary to fears of a democratic recession, large majorities of Africans continue to support democracy and reject authoritarian alternatives. But fewer Africans are getting the democracy they demand, the analysis shows, and even fewer– just 15% – are insistent enough on better democracy to form a bulwark against authoritarian encroachment,” the Afrobarometer reporter stated.

The survey further indicated that over the past three years, the demand for democracy declined in 14 countries and grew in only seven countries. But over a decade-long time frame, the demand grew in eight countries and shrank in only four.

Across Africa, the perceived supply of democracy is consistently lower than demand, meaning that many people get less democracy than they want. On average across 18 countries surveyed regularly since 2005, both popular demand and perceived supply of democracy remain above 2005 levels despite modest declines since 2011/2013.

The report explained that available evidence “suggests that democracy is most secure against backsliding in countries where significant proportions of citizens are ‘dissatisfied democrats,’ meaning they demand democracy yet remain discontented with its performance. Across Africa, fewer than one in six citizens (15%) currently qualify as ‘dissatisfied democrats.’

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM

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By Lorlornyofm February 26, 2019 20:25
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