General News of Tuesday, 17 April 2018
The National Organiser of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has dismissed the latest Afrobarometer survey report casting a bleak shadow over the party.
The September 2017 survey reveals that whilst 49% of those surveyed said they would vote for the NPP if elections were held tomorrow, only 22% said they would vote for the NDC.
The findings are detailed in responses to question 99 of the survey.
Responding to the results, Mr Kofi Adams regurgitated the NDC’s traditional line that the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), which conducts the surveys, is a known partisan institution of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
He argued that such a biased institution cannot be trusted to conduct credible surveys, the reason for which the NDC has boycotted anything the CDD does.
Mr Adams is convinced the respondents were deliberately selected to provide responses that would be skewed in favour of the NPP.
The NDC, he insisted, is not daunted by the findings. The NDC would win elections hands down if any was conducted today because the party is better organised more than ever, he stressed.
“We are working hard to save this country,” he noted.
The NDC National Organiser said the country needed saving from the NPP government which is destroying everything the previous government built.
The 7th round of the Afrobarometer survey which among other things sought the opinions of Ghanaians as far as their confidence in some state institutions and political parties is concerned, revealed that 33% of Ghanaians trust the ruling NPP government ‘a lot’ as compared to the 14% who don’t, with 28% also indicating they ‘somewhat’ trust the NPP.
Confidence levels in the police as an institution were however low as a majority, represented by 34%, maintained that they do not trust the police ‘at all’ as against the 18% who do.
Afrobarometer is a pan-African, non-partisan research network that conducts public attitude surveys on democracy, governance, economic conditions, and related issues in countries across Africa.
Six rounds of surveys were conducted between 1999 and 2015, and Round 7 surveys were carried out in 2016-2017.
Afrobarometer conducts face-to-face interviews in the language of the respondent’s choice with nationally representative samples of 1,200 or 2,400 respondents. The number of respondents chosen for the Ghana survey was 2,400.