Afrobarometer working with CLEEN Foundation and Practical Sampling International, interviewed a nationally representative, random, a stratified probability sample of 1,600 adult Nigerians in 2017. The interviews were conducted in the language of the respondent’s choice with nationally representative samples.
An overwhelming majority of Nigerians believe the economy will be better in a year period, however, many perceive the current economic conditions as bad and believe the country is moving in a wrong direction.
More than one-third of Nigerians were without basic necessities of life last year, and many say that obtaining public services was difficult, took “a long time,” and required the payment of a bribe.
Findings from the survey also show, 60 percent Nigerians believe the state economy is bad while 57 percent Nigerians are living in a good condition.
Despite the perceived challenge, 82 percent Nigerians believe that the economy will improve within the 12 months period.
Ask if the state is fighting corruption, 59 percent Nigerians rated the anti-graft war to be fair, although 33 percent rated the state management of the economy to be bad. Twenty five percent Nigerians rated the standard of living to be very poor.
About 51 percent Nigerians are without food, 48 percent without medical care, 47 percent without cooking fuel, and 77 percent Nigerians are without a cash income the survey shows.
However, 47 percent of the country’s population still live in poverty while eight out of 10 Nigerians live on less than dollar 2 a day, according to the World Poverty Clock and the African Development Bank Group.
Afrobarometer is a pan-African, non-partisan research network that conducts public attitude surveys on democracy, governance, economic conditions, and related issues across more than 35 countries in Africa.
Oluwole Ojewale, CLEEN Foundation