The latest Afrobarometer report by the Center for Democratic Development (CDD) has revealed that the percentage of voters who expressed willingness to vote for the ruling New Patriotic Party(NPP) has declined by 15 per cent within a period of two years, ABC News can report.
Whereas the NPP’s popularity has decreased from 49 per cent to 34 per cent as compared to what was gathered in 2017, NDC’s remained unchanged at 22 per cent.
About 2,400 Ghanaians were sampled for the survey which has been running since 1999. The report further revealed that not only has the NDC’s popularity remained constant but the party has also gained more popularity in the six (6) newly created regions.
“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%.
“Among declared votes, the NPP and NDC held leads in eight out of the 16 regions, with the NDC generally more popular in the newly created regions” the report suggested.
As Ghana girds its loins in preparation for the 2020 general elections, the Afrobarometer report reveals that the majority of voters have not decided which party to vote for.
“When asked which party’s candidate they would vote for if presidential elections were held the following day, more than four in 10 Ghanaians (42%) said they would not vote (11%) did not know, (12%) or refused to answer the question (19%)” the report indicated.
The report however, noted that “it is impossible to draw solid conclusions about a likely election outcome” as that was not the basis for the survey.
“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”, it noted.