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The Political Science Department of the University of Ghana Legon has conducted a survey ahead of the December 7, 2020, elections. The survey, however, reveals that 51.7 percent of Ghanaians will vote for President Nana Addo while 40.4 percent will vote for Mr. John Dramani Mahama.
The survey also revealed that the Ghana Union Movement will pull through with a percentage of 1.4 percent.
The survey sampled nearly 12,000 registered voters across all sixteen regions in Ghana.
Presenting findings of the survey, a Lecturer at the University of Ghana’s Political Science Department Kaakyire Frempong said many of the voters maintain campaign messages will form the basis for their vote.
He further noted that 51 percent of voters think the incumbent government led by Akuffo Addo will retain their seats in Parliament while 35 percent of seats will be taken by other parties.
According to Mr. Frempong, about 13 percent of the voters say MPs are likely to lose their seats.
“It can be argued that this election is solely contested on policy-based issues. In this election, the economic issues have been framed around tangible and implementable policies. For the Ghanaian voter, their choice is for the candidate who has the capacity to carry through with transformational policies. Therefore, it did not come as a surprise when 62.2 percent of voters said the Free Senior High School programme offers hope to their future aspirations.
“It is interesting from voters’ respondents captured in Table 5 that the banking restructuring exercise that was greeted with cynicism and lamentations by the affected customers and business owners would have no effect on voters’ choices at the polls (0.7%). The voters have confirmed the policy-driven voting paradigm in contemporary elections.
“A majority of Ghanaian voters said they believe in the policies and programs being implemented by the incumbent government ( 61.7%). Only a minority 26.8% expressed lack of faith in the incumbent’s policies and 11.5% declined to make a response,”
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