Nigeriens generally do not have a strong aversion toward military rule. In fact, 50 percent of them approved of military rule in 2022. Moreover, 69 percent of Nigeriens agreed with a statement in support of military intervention when the democratically elected government was corrupt. My regression results showed that socioeconomic deprivation negatively correlated with support for both military rule and military intervention when the democratically elected government was corrupt. This suggests that the poor prefer democracy to an authoritarian regime. The regression results also showed that political instability, which I measured using the incidence of violent conflict in the country’s regions, increased the likelihood of supporting both military rule and military intervention.
What does the population in Niger think about a military government?
16 August 2023, Version 1
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