Chart of the week #26: Corruption is seen as a “very big problem” by more Tanzanians than Nigerians

Pew Global Research have just published some new data from their Global Attitudes Survey, collected in early 2014. There were seven African countries among the sample, including Tanzania.

Let me start with a simple chart, with a conclusion that is perhaps surprising: More Tanzanians (90%) see corruption as a “very big problem” than in any of the other six African countries surveyed – more than in neighbouring countries, Kenya and Uganda, and more, even, than in Nigeria.

Pew problems

The next two charts show the same data, but this time you can play with it yourself. First, you can see how perception of different problems compares between the seven countries. You can choose which “problem” to focus on from the drop-down menu in the chart.

And second, you can see how perception of different problems varies within each country. Again, make your selection (of country this time) from the drop-down list.

I’m sure there are some more stories in this data. What can you find?

2 thoughts on “Chart of the week #26: Corruption is seen as a “very big problem” by more Tanzanians than Nigerians

  1. Edmond

    1. Talking of Tanzanians attitudes (as compared to the other 6 countries), it seems Tanzanians complains more than people from the other 6 nations. With the exception of our attitude towards healthcare and crime, we consistently complain more than others. This is not necessarily a bad thing. It could be from the assumption that Tanzanians has a better sense of how things should be – and thus have higher expectations (primarily from their government) than that citizens of other 6 countries; OR could be from the assumption that Tanzanians feels relatively safe to express their dissatisfaction than other.
    2. I find it a bit odd that only about half of the surveyed Tanzanians felt healthcare is a much more serious problem (58%) than -say – Water pollution (64%). Not that water pollution is not a serious problem; but I would have more people to see the state of our healthcare system as a very serious problem.


  2. Eliezer

    Ben, thanks for putting together this piece.

    1. I recently read about a groundbreaking survey by a UK research firm Ipsos MORI. The survey basically measured the gap between perception and reality, and “ignorance index” was subsequently calculated. As Edmond suggests above, the gap between perception and reality could be big for the case of Tanzania, reflecting Tanzanians ignorance or political affiliations etc. This is why may be you have people perceiving that traffic is a much serious problem than health care. It would be interesting to compare perception with official statistics to see how off we are from the reality.

    2. Even though these perceptions (or complaints as per Edmond) should matter especially for elections and policy making, that is not the case for Tanzania. In my opinion, these perceptions are not reflected in the way we vote. We perceive things so negatively, meaning we complain a lot but we often end up voting for the same people we think they are not doing enough to occupy leadership positions. This is kinda of insane. Maybe our politics is broken and therefore, it doesn’t reflect the reality.

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