The latest Global InfoAnalytics poll, an independent pollster, finds the President Nana Akuffo Addo of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) earning an overwhelming job approval rating as the December 2020 elections approaches. However, less than 50% of the voters interviewed indicated that they belong to the NPP whilst 38% said they were floating voters, a worrying sign in the region for the ruling party. The survey interviewed 1,298 respondents from the region between 27th June – 5th July 2020. The margin of sampling error is 3.581% at 99% level of confidence. The survey was conducted via face-to-face using a sophisticated survey app with GPS tracker.
The interviews were conducted in polling stations in the following constituencies:
|Manso Nkwanta||Afigya Kwabre South||Obuasi East|
|Asante Akim South||Manso Adubia||Bekwai|
|Obuasi West||Kwadaso||Manhyia South|
60% of the respondents interviewed in the region were male and 40% were female. (see Figure 1)
The poll indicates that a significant proportion of voters in the region, 70.7%, are under 40 years old. (see Figure 2)
An overwhelming majority of the voters polled had at least Junior High School education (84%). Only 16% of voters did not have any form of education. (see Figure 3)
Approximately 64% of respondents are employed compared to 15.3% unemployed. 19.4% of respondents were students/apprentices. (see Figure 4)
Direction of country
Approximately 77% of voters in the region believe the country is heading in the right direction compared to only 23% who thought it is heading in the wrong direction ( see Figure 5).
The polls also found the President, Nana Akuffo Addo with overwhelming job approval rating of 80.0% compared to only 12% disapproval with 8.0% of voters indicating they have no opinion, resulting in net approval rating of +68% (Approval minus disapproval, see Figure 6.)
First time voters
The survey found that 20% of the voters in the region are first time voters.
Voters’ choice of president in 2020
The polls indicated President Nana Akuffo Addo leads in the region with 76.0% of votes followed by John Mahama with 10.3% of votes. Approximately 11.7% voters in the region plan to vote for someone else. Paa Kwasi Ndoum attracts only 1.0% of support and Reverend Christian Kwabena Andrews (Osofo Kyeri Abosom) attracts 0.9% of support in the region
Government handling of coronavirus pandemic
Approximately 89% of voters are very satisfied or somehow satisfied with how the government is handling the Covid 19 pandemic compared to only 9% who said there are very dissatisfied or dissatisfied with its handling, whilst 2% had no opinion.
Key issues that matter to voters
Our poll suggests that, the Economy is the top priority issue for voters with 33.6% saying it will influence who they vote for. Education ranks second with 30.6% and jobs rank third with 14.3%. Corruption ranks seventh with only 1.6%, following security which is 1.8%. Healthcare ranked 4%.
According to the poll, 59% of voters indicated that they are absolutely certain to vote come December 2020 whilst 21.6% said they are likely to vote and a further 10.9% indicated that their chances of voting is 50-50. Only 3.1% of respondents indicated that they are not too likely to vote and a further 5.3% said they will not vote at all come December 2020.
A worrying trend in the region is emerging as only 48% of the respondents interviewed called themselves NPP supporters whilst approximately 39% said they are floating voters. The trend appears consistent with earlier poll carried out in the Suame constituency where less than 50% of the voters indicated that they are NPP supporters. Only 7.7% of the respondents identified themselves as NDC supporters and 5.3% of respondents did not disclose their party affiliation.