A poll by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) Ghana, carried out on its website on 16 October 2020, suggests that roughly 63% of respondents are very satisfied with the performance of the Akufo-Addo government over the past three years and ten months that it has been in office.
IEA Ghana ran the poll on its Twitter Handle @IEAGhana on 16 October, asking: “How satisfied are you with the performance of the current government over the past four years?” Respondents had four options to choose from: very satisfied, satisfied, dissatisfied and very dissatisfied.
Outcome of poll
Overall, 5,625 people voted, as the final results of the poll show. Of that number, 57% declared themselves “very satisfied”. Six per cent settled for “satisfied”, 7% said they were “dissatisfied” and 29% chose “very dissatisfied”.
Implications of polls
The results of the poll, according to some social and political commentators who have expressed an opinion on it, seem to suggest that the government’s flagship programmes, such as Free Senior High School, Planting for Food and Jobs, One District, One Factory and One Village, One Dam, have caught on well with the Ghanaian people.
In addition, certain comments point to signs that the Ghanaian people are happy with the level of leadership shown by President Akufo-Addo in fighting against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
With 49 days (seven weeks) to go to Election 2020, if the IEA poll is anything to go by, there are clear indications that the Ghanaian people have made up their mind to maintain President Akufo-Addo in office.
Wilberforce Asare / Asaase Radio