A survey report released today, September 22, 2020, has shown that the erstwhile administration of John Dramani Mahama has done way better in terms of infrastructure development in comparison to the current administration of President Akufo Addo, despite the fact that the latter had secured almost three times more funds than the Mahama administration.
The research was conducted by a Netherlands based group, AfricaWeb in collaboration with Ghanaweb, Ghana’s biggest online news portal. It was aimed at bringing closure to the heated debate and public perception on which among the duopoly of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have undertaken more infrastructural development in the country in their four-year term.
The polls were conducted online from a sample size of 2,055 people and it spanned one full month between July 1 and August 1, 2020. It was powered by GhanaWeb and the Africa Consumer Panel which is a cooperation between the digital publisher Africa Business Communities and renowned market research firm MSI-ACI.
The findings revealed that a significant 71% of Ghanaian adults believed that John Dramani Mahama has performed better compared to 27% of respondents who felt Nana Akufo-Addo has a better record on infrastructure. The rest attributed a better track record on infrastructure to “other candidate”.
A significant number of males and females (71% and 70% respectively) believe that John Dramani Mahama has a better track record on infrastructure as compared to 27% each for males and females who selected Nana Akufo-Addo.
From the research, it emerged that only youngsters between the age of 15 and 19 think the Akufo Addo-led NPP had performed better. However, this group form a small fraction of the general voting population.
From the survey, some 62% of Ghanaians who have no party affiliation credit John Mahama with a better record on infrastructure as compared to 36% who credit Nana Akufo-Addo. 28% of Ghanaians who are NDC/Lean NDC credit John Mahama with a better record on infrastructure, while 59% of Ghanaians who are NPP/Lean NPP credit Nana Akufo-Addo with a better record on infrastructure.
John Mahama is generally considered as having a better track record on infrastructure across all regions, stated the survey report.
According to the report, the full sample of the survey has a margin of sampling error +-2.162%. A representative sample of the Ghanaian population of 28,956,587 – population projection as stated on page 6 of the Ghana Living Standards Survey (GLSS 7) – was achieved by weighting (matching) the data according to age and gender demographics of the 2010 population and housing census and the GLSS 7.
The online poll is conducted every month and the results are published at the beginning of every other month on GhanaWeb.com. It is devoid of spam as the respondents can take the survey only once. The MSI-ACI platform that hosts the survey records the device on which the respondent takes the poll and does not allow for a second attempt from the same device.