Afrobarometer Round 4.5.2: The Quality of Democracy and Governance in Uganda, 2011 Archival Version


The Afrobarometer project was designed to collect and disseminate information regarding Africans' views on democracy, governance, economic reform, civil society, and quality of life. This particular data collection was concerned with the attitudes and opinions of the citizens of Uganda. Respondents in a face-to-face interview were asked to evaluate the election transparency, to state the most important issues facing their nation, and to evaluate the effectiveness of certain continental and international institutions. Opinions were gathered on the role of the government in improving the economy, whether corruption existed in local and national government, whether government officials were responsive to problems of the general population, and whether local government officials, the police, the courts, the overall criminal justice system, and the National Electoral Commission could be trusted. Additionally, respondents were polled about their political involvement and opinions on controversial topics. Economic questions addressed the past, present, and future of the country's and the respondents' living conditions. Background variables include age, gender, ethnicity, education, religious affiliation, language spoken most at home, and language used in interview. In addition, the interviewer's gender, race, and education level are provided. Variables used in the Afrobarometer fall into the following categories: Democracy: Variables examine the popular understanding of, support for, and satisfaction with democracy, as well as any desire to return to (or experiment with) authoritarian alternatives. Respondents' support for democratic institutions is also explored. Governance: Variables examine the demand for (and satisfaction with) effective, accountable, and clean government as well as respondents' judgments of overall governance performances and social service delivery. Elections: Variables examine participation in campaigns and elections, the quality of electoral processes, and respondents' voting intentions. Macro-economics and Markets: Variables examine citizen assessments of national and personal economic and living conditions, the direction of the country, and respondents' evaluations of government's performance in managing the economy and creating jobs. Poverty: Variables examine how often respondents experience shortages of basic essentials (food, water, and medical care) in their daily lives. Indicators of basic living conditions are also included. Social Capital: Variables examine whom respondents trust, respondents' reliance on informal networks and associations, and evaluations of the trustworthiness of institutions. Conflict and Crime: Variables examine perceptions of safety and experiences with crime and violence. Participation: Variables examine respondents' participation in development efforts, voting, political processes, and protests. National Identity: Variables examine how respondents identify themselves relative to ethnicity, class, and nationality. The dataset also includes a wide variety of demographic variables describing the respondent's background, housing conditions, and community. The data are not weighted. However, this collection includes a weight variable (WT_WITHIN) which should be used when calculating national-level statistics. Cases are weighted to account for individual selection probabilities. ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Created online analysis version with question text.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.. Citizens of Uganda aged 18 years or older. Smallest Geographic Unit: District The Afrobarometer uses a clustered, stratified, multi-stage, area probability sample design. The sample is designed as a representative cross-section of all citizens of voting age in a given country. The goal is to give every adult citizen an equal and known chance of selection for interview. This objective is reached by (a) strictly applying random selection methods at every stage of sampling and by (b) applying sampling with probability proportionate to population size wherever possible. A randomly selected sample of 1,200 cases allows inferences to national adult populations with a margin of sampling error of no more than plus or minus 3 percent with a confidence level of 95 percent. If the sample size is increased to 2,400, the confidence interval shrinks to plus or minus 2 percent. The actual sample size of the Round 4.5.2 Afrobarometer for Uganda conducted in 2011 was 1999. face-to-face interview, paper and pencil interview (PAPI)Original P.I. Documentation lists the dates of fieldwork as January 28 to February 20, 2011. However, the dataset includes cases in which the recorded interview date ranges from January 20 to January 28, 2011. Therefore, the metadata Study Time Period and Collection Date reflect the dates in the dataset rather than the documentation. Additional information about the Afrobarometer Survey can be found at the Afrobarometer Web site.

Related Identifier DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR36212.v1
Metadata Access
Creator Mattes, Robert;Dulani, Boniface;Gyimah-Boadi, E.;Bratton, Michael;Logan, Carolyn
Publisher ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research
Contributor Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency;Department for International Development (United Kingdom);Mo Ibrahim Foundation;World Bank;United States Agency for International Development
Publication Year 2016
Rights Delivery;This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Contact ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research
Language English
Resource Type Dataset;survey data
Discipline Economic
Spatial Coverage {Africa,Global,Uganda,"Time period: 2011-01","2011-01-20 - 2011-01-28","Collection date: 2011-01-20--2011-01-28"}
Temporal Coverage {Africa,Global,Uganda,"Time period: 2011-01","2011-01-20 - 2011-01-28","Collection date: 2011-01-20--2011-01-28"}