Sunday, November 27, 2011

How Ethiopians felt in 2007

The World Values Survey offers an interesting snapshot on how Ethiopians felt on various social and political issues in 2007. It confirms the view of many that the current government is deeply unpopular and that Ethiopia is a deeply conservative society in many ways. In 2007, Ethiopia was a place where about 7 in 10 of its citizens did not have confidence in the justice system. Less than 4 out of 10 people felt the same way in Ghana. The table below shows how confident Ethiopians felt about their government as compared to Ghanians:

Selected countries/samples: Ethiopía [2007], Ghana [2007]

Weight  Ghana Ethiopia
Confidence: The Government A great deal 29.70% 7.90%
Quite a lot 41.60% 18.50%
Not very much 22.50% 48.10%
None at all 6.20% 25.50%
Total 1522 (100%) 1360 (100%)

Source: Values Surveys Databank

It looks like the survey was done in Addis Ababa and, as such, it probably is not a representative sample for the whole country. Nevertheless, I found it to be very informative and I hope you do, too.

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