42% of Ghanaians indecisive ahead of 2020 elections – Afrobarometer report

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By Lorlornyofm December 9, 2019 19:26

42% of Ghanaians indecisive ahead of 2020 elections – Afrobarometer report

The latest Afrobarometer report by the Center for Democratic Development (CDD) indicates that four out of 10 Ghanaians are unsure of voting for any political party in the 2020 elections.

The report also showed that the percentage is the highest so far since 2008 after increasing by six points in the last two years.

For this survey, a total of 2,400 adult Ghanaians were interviewed between 16 September and 3 October 2019.

 
 

42% of respondents who were asked if they will exercise their franchise if elections were to be held ‘tomorrow’, said they would not vote.

However, the majority of those who responded in the affirmative declared support for the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) over the National Democratic Congress (NDC) although the former’s preference shrunk by 15 points.

“Compared to 2017, the proportion of respondents who said they would vote for the NPP has dwindled by 15 percentage points from 49% to 34% while the share who said they would vote for the NDC has remained unchanged 22%.”

In its conclusion, the survey categorically pointed out that, “it is impossible to draw solid conclusions about a likely election outcome.

“These findings suggest that a large chunk of the electorate is still waiting to be convinced, during the year remaining before Ghana’s 2020 presidential election, to vote for a specific candidate – or even to vote at all”, the report noted.

Other key findings

Youth were twice as likely as older citizens to say they would not vote (14% of those aged 18-35 vs. 7% of those aged 56 and above), as were urban residents (15%) compared to rural residents (7%).

The proclivity to sit out the election was also considerably stronger among the highly educated (17% of those with post-secondary education) and relatively well-off citizens (13% among those experiencing no lived poverty) compared to the less educated (6% of those with no formal education) and poor citizens (4% among those
experiencing high lived poverty).

Similar surveys were previously conducted in Ghana in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2014, and 2017.

 

Source: citinewsroom.com
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By Lorlornyofm December 9, 2019 19:26
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