General News of Wednesday, 9 January 2019
Out of 5,000 respondents interviewed in all ten regions and electoral areas across the country, a total of only 48.9% of Ghanaians said they will vote for the Akufo-Addo led government if elections were held today.
The 48.9 percent approval rating was as a result of economic hardships and ‘low performance’ of government with its’ appointees engaging in acts of corruption and ‘cover-ups’ according to respondents.
Some Ghanaians who participated in the polls organised by Political Science department of the University of Ghana, criticized the introduction of policies such as double track system that has ‘badly’ affected the Free SHS program and Anti-galamsey fight that has also rendered most of them jobless.
At a press conference to announce the poll results, head of political science department of the University of Ghana, Dr. Maame Gyekye-Jandoh said most Ghanaians seemed unhappy about Ghana’s economy thereby sampling the believe government is not on the right track.
“Voters indicated that the economy remains the single most important consideration in their quest to choose a president. Corruption, one-district one-factory, unemployment and road construction are unfulfilled expectations of voters”. She stated
She also indicated that per the polls conducted, there might be another contest between president Akuffo-Addoo and Former President Mahama in the forthcoming 2020 elections
The survey was conducted by the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana with funding from Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAF) to access voter’s view on the government’s performance so far.
5,000 respondents were sampled in all ten regions, 590 electoral areas, 80 constituencies and 50 Municipal and Metropolitan district assemblies.