A recent survey conducted by Gallup has ranked Nigeria as the second most corrupt country in the world. The survey, titled “State of Mind, New Metrics for World Leaders” was conducted in October 2012. The worldwide poll measured the confidence of people in the governments of their different countries.
Questions were asked based on many factors including the systems of administration and basic amenities. Questions were also asked on whether the participants had confidence in the military, honesty of elections and a number of other factors.
96 % of Kenyans believe corruption is widespread in the government of their country while Nigeria followed closely with 94 % of the population sharing the same feeling. Lebanon was rated the third most corrupt country with 92 %.
Gallup, the coordinators of the research described it as a “world audit of global behavioral economics…intended to help leaders build strategies of human and economic development that put their nations on the course of success and prosperity and to head off unrest and revolution.” Below is a table illustrating how the countries fared according to the survey.
|Highest and Lowest Perceptions of Corruption in Partly Free Countries|
|Corruption is widespread in Government||Corruption is widespread in Government|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||88%||Georgia||27%|
|South Africa||87%||Hong Kong||15%|