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Unemployment, drought and poverty huge concerns  

Unemployment, drought and poverty huge concerns  

Staff Reporter

THE latest Afrobarometer survey which picks the brains of ordinary Namibians on topical issues shows that Namibians of a voting age identify unemployment, drought and poverty as the three most important problems for government to address.


The Afrobarometer survey interviewed a total 1,200 adult citizens for its Round 8 survey in Namibia, which was conducted from 5 to 23 August 2019.


The survey found that adult Namibians have a negative view of the country’s current economic conditions and are pessimistic about the country’s immediate future. 


Most believe the country is heading in the wrong direction.

CRITICAL TIMES: Namibian adults want government to prioritise the issue of unemployment in the country. Photo: Contributed

The survey also revealed that Namibians are particularly critical of the government’s management of the economy, improving living standards of the poor, creating jobs, narrowing income gaps and fighting corruption.


The three most important problems Namibians identify for government to address are unemployment (56%), drought (30%) and poverty (22%).


In addition to drought, 20% of citizens prioritise action on water supply, while similar proportions cite education (20%) and corruption (17%) as issues that warrant government attention.


Almost three-fourths (73%) of Namibians describe the country’s present economic conditions as “fairly bad” or “very bad.” 


The proportion with positive views on economic conditions declined from 75% in 2014 to just 16% in 2019. 


More than half (58%) of adult Namibians say things have gotten “worse” or “much worse” over the past 12 months.  


The proportion of Namibians who say their personal living conditions are good declined from 60% in 2014 to 29% in 2019.


“Namibians’ assessments of the job performance of key public officials have become significantly more negative. Positive assessments of the president’s performance have declined from 89% in 2014 to 62% in 2019. This is the lowest approval rating for the president since Afrobarometer surveys began in 1999. The proportion of Namibians who approve of the performance of the National Assembly dropped from 83% in 2014 to 46% in 2019,” the afrobarometer noted.


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