In January 2022, the International Republican Institute (IRI) designed and commissioned a national public opinion poll through its ‘Strengthening Democracy Through Polling Data and Peacebuilding’ program. To date, IRI has polled more than 1.5 million citizens through over 1000 polls in over 100 countries. Findings indicate high interest in electoral reforms; 81% feel that such reforms are necessary. The majority of adults in Guyana (58%) think they are “very” necessary. The poll was conducted by CID Gallup throughout all regions of Guyana and is the first IRI public opinion poll to ask for opinions and perceptions of Guyanese on governance issues. This polling is part of IRI’s National Endowment for Democracy (NED) funded programming and will be shared with stakeholders, who have been consistently engaged with IRI on these issues.

Additionally, a wide range of actors across government, civil society organizations, Indigenous community organizations, trade unions, and the private sector were consulted in developing content of the poll. IRI’s work in Guyana aims to help ensure reforms are based on the participation of Guyanese, who design their own solutions while benefiting from regional expertise and best practices. IRI offers support and tools to national stakeholders to advance Guyana’s development goals through strengthening democratic institutions and electoral reform processes.  


The survey was conducted on behalf of the International Republican Institute’s Center for Insights in Survey Research by CID Gallup. Data was collected between January 4, 2022, and January 24, 2022, through CAPI administered face-to-face interviews in respondents’ homes. The sample consisted of n=1,500 Guyanese adults aged 18 and older. 

A multi-stage probability sampling method was used to design a nationally representative sample. The achieved sample was weighted for ethnicity, gender, age, and region according to figures from the 2012 census. The response rate was 20 percent. The margin of error for the mid-range full sample does not exceed ±2.5 points. Charts and graphs may not add up to 100 percent due to rounding. 

The survey was funded by the National Endowment for Democracy. 

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