Feb. 22, 2012, 8:50 a.m.
IRI has released a public opinion survey that gauges Nigerians’ perceptions of the 2011 general elections and overall mood of the country with regard its democratic progress.
The survey, conducted October 20 - November 3, 2011, will help inform elected officials, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigerian media, political parties and IRI about current public perception as it relates to key socio-political issues and prospects for improvement in the credibility of elections and overall performance of government. However, overall perception of the 2011 national assembly, presidential and gubernatorial elections is very positive with 80 percent saying that the elections were credible and transparent. Most Nigerians agree that the country was well prepared for the elections and confidence in INEC has improved significantly since IRI’s pre-election poll (PDF) conducted from November 29 – December 12, 2010. Since the elections, an increased majority believe that democracy exists or somewhat exists in Nigeria.