Leadership Approval In Africa Sees U.S. Ahead Of China


Respondents showed the highest approval response when asked, “Do you approve or disapprove of the job performance of the leadership of the United States”, with 81 percent, followed by Chad with 77 percent, and Cameroon with 70 percent. The lowest approval response of the African countries included in the survey is Uganda with 48 percent, and Tanzania with 49 percent, though both had a “significant increase in don’t know/refused responses in 2014,” with percentages ranging from 11% in Kenya to as high as 41% in Uganda.


“In Eastern Africa, which Obama visited in late July, approval fell significantly in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. In this region, percentages of those who didn’t know or refused ranged from 11% in Kenya to as high as 41% in Uganda. Still, this does not fully account for the declines in U.S. approval in all countries such as Kenya, where approval dropped significantly and disapproval rose.”

Approval of Chinese leadership was highest in Niger, with 76 percent, followed by Senegal with 73 percent. The lowest approval of Chinese leadership was in Uganda with 37 percent, followed by Ghana with 46 percent.

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Results are based on face-to-face interviews with at least 1,000 adults, aged 15 and older, conducted every year between 2009 and 2014 in Cameroon, Chad, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error ranges from ±3.4 percentage points to ±4.0 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. All reported margins of sampling error include computed design effects for weighting. In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.

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