Researching voter choice

The run-up to and the results of South Africa’s fifth democratic election have captured much national and international attention. The Democracy in Africa Research Unit (DARU) has conducted regular post-election surveys of voters, known as the South African National Election Study.

Recent DARU research, designed to be part of a larger international study known as the Comparative National Elections Project, has focused on the way political parties shape public attitudes towards democracy by stimulating voter interest and mobilising people to vote. The unit has also conducted post-election surveys in Mozambique and Kenya, and DARU hopes to extend this research further into Africa in the coming months.

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