The Afrobarometer (AB) is a comparative series of public opinion surveys that measure public attitudes toward democracy, governance, the economy, leadership, identity, and other related issues. The AB is an independent, non-partisan, African-based network of researchers. The first round of surveys took place in 1999-2001 in 12 countries.? The Network has conducted ?Round 5? surveys in up to 35 countries including Nigeria during?2011-2012.
According to ‘Kemi Okenyodo, Executive Director, Cleen Foundation, two thousand four hundred (2,400) respondents were interviewed in their homes using personal face-to-face interview and multi-stage sampling technique, and to ensure adequate representation of adult Nigerians population, probability sampling procedure was used to neutralize any known form of bias that may affect the findings of the study.
?Respondents were males and females, age 18 years and above.? Interviews were conducted throughout week days and weekends, to ensure that respondents of all works of life were included in the sample.?
He noted that the purpose of Afrobarometer survey in Nigeria is to measure popular perspectives on the social, political, and economic environment. The goal is to give the public a?voice?in policy making processes by providing high-quality public opinion data to policy-makers, policy advocates and civil society organizations, academics, media, donors and investors, and ordinary Africans.? ? ? ? ? ??
?We went to the greatest length in quality control measures in order to ensure that the process of collecting and analyzing the data we are presenting today adhered to the highest possible international standard in reliability.?
He appealed to the media to give the widest publicity to the findings of this survey as that would contribute in making them available to stakeholders that need the information in addition to other measures we normally take in publicizing the results of this survey.
The survey stated that Majority of Nigerians believe the quality of April 2011 elections is better compared with the 2007 elections? and that on Rotation of Presidency, ?Nigerians have a strong support for the rotation of Presidency across regions.
Whilst Majority admitted that Creation of more States will improve development of Nigeria, and creation of more Local government areas will improve development of local communities, Nigerians say Government interference the most important challenge for the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.