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16.03.2009 Politics

90% Ghanaians back review of ex-gratia

By The Ghanaian Times

A survey conducted by the Policy and Strategy Associates Inc., on March 14, shows that nearly nine in 10 Ghanaians support the President's decision to review the ex-gratia package that was approved in the final hours of the NPP government for MPs, the former President and other public officials.

The nation-wide poll indicates that more than three out of four Ghanaians approve of the way President Atta Mills is performing his duties as president of the Republic of Ghana.

His approval rating stands at 79 per cent.
A breakdown by party affiliation suggests that the new President enjoys favourable cross-party public support. Among those who indicated voting NDC in the December 28, 2008 election, President Atta Mills' approval stands at 88 per cent; among those who indicated voting for NPP, the President's approval rating stands at 73 per cent.

Among those who described themselves as "swing" voters or preferred not to mention party affiliation, the president's approval rating is 71 per cent.

Nearly one in 10 or ten per cent said that the President had fallen short of what they initially expected.

The survey also finds that, after two months in office, President Atta Mills' personal image is extremely strong. Overwhelming majority view President Atta Mills as the "change" agent (75%) and the "right" leader (77%), while an even higher percentage (93%) says he is trustworthy.

The survey's release comes just over two months after President Atta Mills' inauguration. Fifty-five per cent of those polled said President Atta Mills had so far met their "initial" expectations, and another 19 per cent suggested that he had exceeded their "initial" expectations.

The Policy & Strategy Associates, Inc. poll was conducted by field researchers in Ghana from Saturday, March 7, 2009 through Monday, March 9, 2009 with 1,068 people of voting-age scientifically sampled. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

The Policy & Strategy Associates, Inc. national region-by-region pre-election poll published on November 15, 2008 predicted an Atta Mills win in a Report which opened with the statement: "The NDC's Atta Mills enters the final month of the Election 2008 Campaign in a very favourable position to be elected President of the Republic of Ghana, having made significant inroads into formerly NPP turf, while NPP candidate Nana Akufo-Addo plays competitive defence."

Post-election analyses of the actual results show that the predictions contained in the Report largely played out in the regions surveyed.

Policy and Strategy Associates, Inc is a U.S incorporated not-for-profit entity that brings together like-minded young Ghanaian working professionals based outside the country, interested in academic debate and practical research on Ghanaian public policy issues.

Members are mainly in the United Kingdom and a few in the USA and Canada. Membership is also exclusively by genuine interest and full participation.