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ONLY 27% OF GHANAIANS BELIEVE JM DESERVES A SECOND TERM

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The latest opinion poll conducted in July by renowned pollsters, the Centre for Democratic Development, reflects the fact that President John Mahama has become very unpopular, the New Patriotic Party has commented.

The latest opinion poll conducted in July by renowned pollsters, the Centre for Democratic Development, reflects the fact that President John Mahama has become very unpopular, the New Patriotic Party has commented.

 

According to the CDD survey, only 27% of Ghanaians believe that the President deserves a second term.

Although the poll did not ask questions about other political parties and their candidates, 52% of those polled were convinced that another government could do better than the incumbent National Democratic Congress.

Tellingly, 20% of those asked whether or not another government could do better were undecided. Nana Akomea, the Communications Director of the NPP, has interpreted this to mean that nearly half of the people who voted for John Mahama and his NDC are not prepared to re-elect him for a second term.

 “The survey is a clear and true reflection of the feelings and sentiments of the vast majority of Ghanaians and their wanton desire to vote out the Mahama-led NDC administration in December,” Nana Akomea stressed in a statement issued yesterday.

The party again said the survey has also exposed the lies and propaganda of the ruling government in running the affairs of the country, always making people believe that all was well, adding that the revelations in the survey is enough tell the government of its monumental failure to the people.

“The findings from the survey highlight the clear sentiments of the vast majority of Ghanaians on President Mahama’s leadership of this country,” the NPP stated.

The poll highlighted unemployment, corruption, bad roads, high cost of living, lack of access to education and healthcare, sanitation, reliable and affordable electricity and water as the major concerns facing Ghanaians, which will also influence voting patterns this December.

According to the CDD report, 70% of Ghanaians say President Mahama has not only failed in managing the economy but that he was taking the country on the wrong direction. 70% of Ghanaians reported that corruption had led to a widening of the gap between the rich and the poor.

Again, the report adds that seven out of every ten people sampled indicated that President Mahama had failed in managing the economy to create jobs. Also, 70% believed President Mahama had failed in bringing down the cost of living, and that the prices of basic goods and services are out of reach for the average Ghanaian.

“In sum, 7 out of 10 Ghanaians have clearly rejected President Mahama’s leadership of this country and cannot tolerate another four years of his leadership,” the NPP statement stressed.

To the opposition party, the findings of the CDD survey reinforce all the recent analysis by the Economist Intelligence Unit, which also reported that the main concern of majority of Ghanaians was poverty.

The NPP statement recalled that the EIU noted that majority of Ghanaians remained disappointed with the economic management of President Mahama, hence, are likely to vote for the opposition NPP and Nana Akufo-Addo.

The NPP sees a pattern of negative indictment on President Mahama, adding, "The surveys also underscore the Ghanaian TUC's stance delivered to President Mahama in Kumasi last Wednesday. The TUC told President Mahama that Ghanaians were getting poorer; that wages of Ghanaian workers had seen sharp decline in value due to rising inflation, loss of value of the cedi and the IMF programme which has cut subsidies at time when value of the cedi has fallen drastically; that the gains workers had from single spine had also been eroded by high inflation and fall in cedi's value," the party noted.

According to the NPP, all these surveys and pronouncements from highly respected international bodies also vindicate the party's long held position that the NDC government is largely engaged in propaganda, lies and deceit, instead of focusing on cutting corruption and waste and on prudent policies and programmes that will uplift the Ghanaian economy.