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General News of Wednesday, 10 August 2016


Mahama gets thumbs up despite ‘Ghana heading in wrong direction’

Although 7 out of 10 Ghanaians say the country is heading in the wrong direction, President Mahama got a higher approval rating, a Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) survey has revealed.

In the study, 48% of respondents approve of the president’s management of the country while a percent less (47%) believes he has got it wrong as his first-term comes to an end in December.

Senior Research Fellow at CDD, Dr. Kojo Pumpuni Asante explained on the Joy FM's Super Morning Show Wednesday, it could be the case “somebody’s economy may be very bad but he just likes the president”.

He, however, quickly pointed out that this view needed to be extrapolated from other variables in the research, something he hadn't done yet.

The survey is the latest feedback gleaned from 2,400 adult Ghanaians who were nationally represented in the sample selected to answer the about a 100 questions.

The survey, which was conducted by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) and covered the period of July 2 to 18, painted the disillusionment of Ghanaians regarding the overall management of the economy.

According to the report, government “receives poor grades from a clear majority of Ghanaians across a range of micro-indicators - narrowing income gaps, keeping prices down, creating jobs, improving the living standard of the poor and managing the economy.”

Pumpuni said the responses should be taken at face value because more analysis needs to be done before any conclusive statements can be made from the survey.