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date: 23 October 2020

Surveys and Their Use in Understanding African Public Opinion 

The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Politics
Jeffrey Conroy-KrutzJeffrey Conroy-Krutz

Africa was long an unknown quantity when it came to knowledge of what populations there thought about politics. While countries went through major upheavals, including decolonization struggles and independence, initial elections and the closing of democratic spaces, and the “Third Waves” of the early 1990s, governments, civil-society and media actors, and domestic and foreign political commentators could only surmise what was going on in the minds of the man and woman on the street (or in the village). What did people think of Kwame Nkrumah’s “Positive Action” campaign, or Sékou Touré’s “... ...

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