According to research conducted by the UK-based Info Research and Assessment UK Ltd, the majority of Ghanaians believe the country’s economic difficulties are the result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian-Ukraine war.
Based on the study’s findings, 52.5% of Ghanaians believe COVID-19 and the Russia-Ukraine war are the primary factors influencing the financial system and causing the struggles that have afflicted the Ghanaian economy.
The survey was carried out this year between October 27 and November 3, with a sample size of 254,759 people drawn from all 16 regions of the country.
The poll was done “face to face” and respondents were asked to answer specific questions. The margin of error for the research was +/-2%. The polling questions administered to respondents were as follows;
“Do you think Ghana has been affected by COVID-19, the war in Ukraine and that this is the reason for the current economic hardships?”
The result showed that 52.5% answered “Yes”, 45.5% said “No”, and 2% said “Not Sure”.
On the question of voting in future elections, the research team posed the following question: “If elections are held today, what are the issues you consider as your basis to vote?”
In response, 33% of the respondents said “corruption”, 31% said “the economy” and another 31% said “Free SHS”. Another 4.5% of respondents chose “other factors”.
On the recent speech by President Akufo-Addo about the state of the economy, the researchers posed the following question: “Were you inspired by the recent speech of President Akufo-Addo on the economy?”
In response, 47% said “Yes”, 45% said “No” and 8% said, “Not Sure”.
Throwing forward to Election 2024, the researchers posed the following question during the survey: “Who will you vote for in 2024 between Bawumia and Mahama?”
On this question, 46% of the respondents chose the vice president, Mahamudu Bawumia, and 35% opted for the former president John Mahama. A significant 19% said, “they will not vote at all because both parties (NPP and NDC) are the same”. The representatives of Info Research and Assessment UK Ltd, who led the research work are Geoff Hurst, Olubanji Adeboye and Kwesi Degraft Johnson.
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