Synovate poll is still unreliable and cannot be trusted- Omane Boamah
9/6/2012 12:30:12 AM -
The Deputy Sports Minister Dr Omane Boamah still doubts the credibility of Synovate whose latest poll suggests President John Mahama will win the elections if it were held in August.
The poll released Wednesday puts President Mahama ahead with 34.2% of the total votes cast with the opposition New Patriotic Party following closely with 31.8 per cent.
The poll also suggests that the Progressive People's Party will do better than the two traditional political parties-the Convention Peoples Party and the Peoples National Convention.
Dr Nduom's PPP managed 5.3 per cent, with the Convention People's Party garnering 3.6 per cent of the votes and the People's National Convention (PNC) securing only 1.9 per cent.
The other parties obtained less than one per cent of the vote.
But Dr Boamah is not amused by the poll.
Having criticized the market and political researchers in the past for putting Nana Addo ahead of the late president John Mills in one of their polls, the deputy Sports Minister says his position on Synovate remains unchanged.
He said ordinarily the news about President John Mahama taking the lead in a poll should be good news, but the source of that poll calls for caution.
'Knowing what we know about Synovate, we must be cautious about the poll,' he told Joy News' Evans Mensah.
He said for the results of a poll expressed in a pie chart to exceed 360 degrees as happened in the earlier Synovate poll, they must be cautious in taking another poll results from the same researchers hook line and sinker.
He said it is absolutely unrealistic to have President Mahama lead a poll shortly after the death of his predecessor John Mills.
The Synovate poll is based on what? He quizzed. He would rather rely on the internal poll being conducted by the NDC than the one coming from Synovate.
According to him, the last poll internally conducted by the party put the late President John Mills ahead of Nana Akufo-Addo.
The party is however yet to receive poll results with John Mahama as President.