Politics of Thursday, 6 September 2012

Source: XYZ

PPP, CPP take Synovate to the cleaners on "irrelevant" poll

Some political parties ranked behind the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the latest Synovate poll ahead of the 2012 General Elections have cast doubt on the credibility of the poll.

They have contested the bases for the rating and say they would perform better than what the projections of the Synovate.

The survey said the NDC would obtain 34.2% of the total votes cast while the NPP will poll 31.8% if elections were held today. The PPP would poll 5.3% ahead of his former party the CPP with 3.6%.

Like the NDC and the NPP, the PPP and the CPP say they disagree with the outcome of the poll.

PPP’s National Chairman, Nii Allotey Brew Hammond told XYZ News he expected nothing less than 20 percent from the polls. He is certain that by December, the PPP will be able to garner 40 percent of the total votes.

“We appreciate that we’ve come in as the alternative to the two parties but we don’t believe the numbers that have been exhibited by Synovate,” he said.

He said their internal polling show that they have made much progress and that the PPP will continue to push its message as is being championed Dr. Nduom.

The CPP’s Communications Director, Nii Armah Akomfrah on his part said, the party is not bothered by the rating of the PPP led by former CPP flagbearer, Dr. Ndoum.

“Synovate has a long way to go before it can be treated as a credible pollster… Clearly this is a pollster that will seem to be anti-CPP. So we don’t regard any polling coming from them as a credible poll,” Nii Armah Akomfrah stated.

He said it is not a poll that anyone should be taken seriously until Synovate is able to predict the December poll and is able to get it right.

He said such an "irrelevant poll" should be taken with a pinch of salt as the political climate heats up.