BOTH popular support for democracy and satisfaction with the way it’s working are declining in Namibia, a new Afrobarometer survey indicates.
Under the strain of a severe drought and the threat of a looming recession, Namibians will go to the polls in November to elect their president and members of the National Assembly.
The study, which comes at this pivotal time, found that while most Namibians reject one-party, military and one-man rule, support for democracy as preferable to any other kind of government has declined from 76% in 2014 to just 56%.
According to Afrobarometer, one in four Namibians (24%) say, “It does not matter” what form of government they have.
More than seven in ten Namibians say that elections are the best way to choose their leaders (73%) and that many political parties are needed in order to give voters real choices (71%).
The report further stated that most Namibians (70%) feel the country is either a full democracy or a democracy with minor problems, but satisfaction with the way democracy is working declined sharply from 75% in 2014 to just 51% in 2019.
The Afrobarometer directs a pan-African nonpartisan research network that conducts public attitude surveys on democracy, governance, economic conditions and related issues in African countries.
Seven rounds of surveys were completed in up to 38 countries between 1999 and 2018. Round 8 surveys in 2019/2020 are planned in at least 35 countries.
Afrobarometer conducts face-to-face interviews in the language of the respondents choice with nationally representative samples.
The round eight survey in Namibia, which focused on the state of Democracy, was led by survey warehouse and 1200 adult Namibians were interviewed in August 2019.