Gallup Poll: Nigeria Second Most Corrupt Nation

The perception of the Federal Government before Nigerians crashed further, as they rated the nation’s leadership as the second most corrupt in the world, a Gallup poll just made public has revealed.

Gallup, in its first-ever report on “Global States of Mind: New Metrics for World Leaders,” stated that 94 per cent of Nigerians believe there is widespread corruption in government.

The poll also showed that in the world, only Kenyans believed their government was more corrupt. The poll also revealed that about 96 per cent of Kenyans had alleged that there were widespread corruption in their government, while only five per cent of Singaporeans said their government was corrupt.

Singaporeans believe their country was the least corrupt in the world. Gallup said last year’s revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt where GDP was rising, shows that world leaders need more than just GDP and other traditional economic metrics to run their countries.

Gallup Chairman and CEO, Jim Clifton, said: “Economic data are becoming less and less valuable because they tend to be outdated by the time they are made available. More significantly, GDP is less valuable because leaders now need to know much more than what people are spending-they need to know what they are thinking; GDP isn’t enough if you are watching for instability.”

“All institutes worldwide knew GDP was rising in Tunisia and Egypt. They knew what 11 million Tunisians and 80 million Egyptians were buying and selling-but they didn’t know what they were thinking,” Clifton added.

Clifton said GDP wasn’t enough if leaders were trying to figure out the levels of hunger, hopelessness, or suffering, adding that the United Nations did not see those revolutions coming, neither did the World Economic Forum (WEF), nor the World Bank.

“The US spends tens of billions on intelligence— and it missed those revolutions too,” Clifton said. Gallup’s World Poll spans about 150 countries, territories, and areas, annually capturing what more than 98 per cent of the world’s adult population is thinking on topics from basic needs to job creation. Gallup’s World Poll data set now includes more than one million interviews conducted since the research initiative started in 2005.

Respondents were asked questions on law and order, food and shelter, institutions and infrastructure, good jobs, wellbeing, brain drain and quality GDP growth.

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One thought on “Gallup Poll: Nigeria Second Most Corrupt Nation

  1. “Nigeria Second Most Corrupt Nation Posted on November 16, 2012 . …and that 94% of Nigerians believe there is widespread corruption in government” according to the Gallup Poll just made public.
    Having said that, what do we expect the Nigerian government do about this situation? Where do we go from here?
    Is this the first time Nigeria is one of the leaders in this type International opinion polls? I bet it wont be the last time!
    We Nigerians are all concerned about this lamentable situation. We need to do more soul searching than just going to Churches and Mosques.
    It is not the Government that is corrupt. It is the people working in the government offices, the officials, especial seniors officers and those working in the private sectors that are to control the corruption. Maybe then, the government will follow! – one day, when we have a government that really cares for the people of Nigeria

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