Afrobarometer On Nigeria Polls 65% Prefer Democracy, 15% Opt For Dictatorship

An afrobarometer survey compiled has indicated that 65% of Nigerians prefers democracy as the best form of government.

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Two-thirds (65%) of Nigerians favour democracy as the best form of government, a decrease from 69% in 2012, and one in five (21%) say non-democratic forms can sometimes be preferable, an afrobarometer survey compiled by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD) has found ahead of the weekend’s polls in Africa’s most populous country.

The report released Tuesday said: “While a majority reject non-democratic alternatives, 15% approve of military rule, 11% support one-party rule, and 9% approve of one-man rule.”

“Only 29% are “very satisfied” or “fairly satisfied” with the way democracy is working in Nigeria, while 68% are “not very” or “not at all” satisfied.

“Ahead of the elections, key political office holders receive weak approval ratings on their performance, and public perceptions are characterised by low levels of trust and high levels of perceived corruption,” the report said.

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