If elections were conducted in April this year, President John Evans Atta Mills would struggle to keep his job, an opinion poll has found.
The poll, conducted by Synovates, formerly Stedman Group, global market and media research gurus, found that 43 per cent of respondents to a question as to who they will vote for if elections were held today (April), said they would vote for the flag-bearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), while 41 per cent said they would vote for President Mills. Eight per cent of respondents said they would vote for the Convention People’s Party’s Dr Paa Kwesi Nduom, two per cent for the PNC’s Dr Edward Mahama, with six per cent saying they were undecided.
With a sample size of 1,000 respondents selected from households across the country, the poll found Nana Akufo-Addo would win six out of the 10 regions.
In the Greater Accra region, Synovates’ poll results say Nana Addo obtained 47 per cent, Mills, 43, Central Region; Nana Addo: 52%, Mills: 32%, Western Region; Nana Addo: 49%, Mills: 30%, Volta Region; Nana Addo: 5%, Mills 76%, Eastern Region; Nana Addo: 70%, Mills: 30%, Ashanti Region; Nana Addo: 60%, Mills: 27%, Brong Ahafo; Nana Addo: 36%, Mills: 30%, Northern Region; Nana Addo 17%, Mill: 58%, Upper East; Nana Addo: 22%, Mills: 68%, and Upper West Region; Nana Addo trailed President Mills with 30%. President Mills got 50% in the region.
The survey results also show that all the respondents also selected as their favourite political party, the party whose leader they said they would vote for if elections were held in the period.
Over 50 per cent of respondents said they expected their economic situation to improve in the next 12 months even though 42 per cent said the most serious problem facing the nation today was unemployment.
The government has rubbished the poll saying it lacks credibility.
A Deputy Minister of Science and Environment, Dr Omani Boamah said there were questions not only about the sponsors of the poll but also the processes and procedures that led to the conclusions reached by the researchers.
“The poll itself is fundamentally flowed [because]…for you to go for somebody within the household and assume that that person is going to be representative of the household’s preference, in my view, is just a way of raping the sovereignty of the other members of the household who are at the voting age, in terms of their voter preference,” he told Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Wednesday.
Citing a pie chart in the poll results, Dr Boamah said the numbers did not add up and that that spoke eloquently to the incompetence of Synovates to conduct opinion polls.
He advised the company to stick to their media monitoring business for that is where their expertise lies.
But a senior research officer at Synovates, Mr William Mensah, said the poll was neither shambolic nor was it sponsored by any interested person or group of persons.
He maintained that the sample selection was scientifically done and that Synovates was an international company with the track record and a reputation to protect.