Haitian public opinion

This is from a few years back:

Surprisingly, given the limited outreach of basic services in Haiti and their reputedly poor performance, the large majority of Haitians interviewed expressed confidence in schools, health services, and the police (see Table in Appendix G). All of these are given an “approval rating” of more than 60 percent by the rural population, and somewhat less in the cities. The schools rank highest with a 95 percent approval, which is far higher than school enrollment rates. Rather than an evaluation of performance, the statistics are best viewed as an expression of people’s expectations of the various institutions. Thus political institutions- including parliament, the popular organizations, and the political parties-received a very low approval rating in 2001. Again, approval is positively correlated with the distance from those institutions: in rural areas, approval of political institutions is nearly double that in the metropolitan area. Surprisingly, traditional religious institutions, voodoo, and houngans receive the lowest approval rating of any of the institutions surveyed.

I wonder how the houngans would do if you took out the Protestant respondants.  And to what extent are the houngans viewed as responsible for the quality of all the other institutions?  Or is it again a distance effect, namely that almost everyone knows a houngan?

The source document is here.


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