Accra, Ghana — Fewer Malawians consider themselves free to say what they think, especially when it comes to politics, a new Afrobarometer survey shows.
More Malawians are being careful in expressing their views, and most say they don't feel free to criticize the president or security forces.
Yet a majority say that in the years preceding the survey, Malawians were gaining greater freedom to function in political and civil-society organisations.
Afrobarometer is a pan-African, non-partisan research network that conducts public attitude surveys on democracy, governance, economic conditions, and related issues in African countries. Six rounds of surveys were conducted in up to 37 countries between 1999 and 2016, and Round 7 surveys are being conducted in 2016/2018. Afrobarometer conducts face-to-face interviews in the language of the respondent's choice with nationally representative samples.
The Afrobarometer team in Malawi, led by the Centre for Social Research at the University of Malawi, interviewed 1,200 adult Malawians in December 2016 and January 2017. A sample of this size yields country-level results with a margin of error of +/-3% at a 95% confidence level. Previous surveys were conducted in Malawi in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2012, and 2014.
For more details, see www.afrobarometer.org.
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