The Times has an interesting and interactive map (I’m a sucker for these) showing the results of a poll taken on attitudes in several sub-Saharan countries: Senegal, Mali, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa.
Some of the results are obvious, and others are not. The poll covers national issues, the economy and personal well-being, as well as international views. The most pressing national concerns seem to be “HIV/AIDS and other diseases,” “corrupt political leaders,” “crime” and “illegal drugs.” Ethnic/religious conflict was seen as a problem by more than half of those polled in Kenya, Ivory Coast and Nigeria, with the latter polling particularly high.
Despite this, those polled seemed fairly optimistic, and those polled in every country overwhelmingly thought things would be better for their children than they have been for them.
Opinions vary pretty widely on the UN, US and AU, depending on the country, with Ethiopia unsurprisingly showing the most support for the AU, which is headquartered in Addis Ababa and the EU scoring particularly low overall for Africans’ confidence that it can “help solve Africa’s problems.”
In would have been interesting to have added more countries with one foot in “Arab Africa” and the other foot in “black Africa,” particularly Sudan, Chad and Mauritania. Out of all the countries polled, the only two where the majority don’t think that “Arabs and blacks in North Africa can live peacefully together” were Uganda and Tanzania.