Thursday 21 July 2016

President Buhari’s approval rating drops to 39 percent

President Muhammadu Buhari
Renowned survey agency, NOIPolls, yesterday, indicated that President Muhammadu Buhari’s job approval rating has suffered a decline. 

According to the result of the survey, President Buhari’s approval rating for the month of June 2016 stood at 39 percent as against a very high rating of 80 per cent in October 2015. This latest score, according to NOIPOlls, equally represented a nine-point decline when compared to the rating in May 2016, which stood at 48 percent.

The survey also revealed a general decline in the approval rating of the president across five geopolitical zones, when compared to the month of May.

The result showed that while the North West zone at 61 percent recorded the highest approval rating, closely followed by the North East zone with 59 percent, the South East and South South zones had the least approval rating of eight percent and 24 percent, respectively.

The agency also asked Nigerians to rate the president on key indicators.

The results of this revealed a high level of dissatisfaction of Nigerians on his performance in the areas of conflict resolution (28 percent), agriculture and food security (21 percent), health care (20 percent), education (18 percent), economy (15 percent), job creation (13 percent), infrastructure (13 percent), and poverty alleviation (11 percent) as he was rated poorly in these areas.

However, Nigerians scored Buhari’s performance high in the areas of national security (48 percent) and corruption (45 percent), where he received the highest ratings compared to other indicators measured in the poll. Though the president received an average rating in the area of national security, the agency maintained that more needed to be done in conflict resolution, especially in controlling inter-communal and/or intra-communal conflicts evidenced by the increased herdsmen-farmers conflicts in some zones in recent times.

This result is the thirteenth approval rating for Buhari’s job performance and the sixth in the monthly series of governance polls for the year 2016 and represents the opinions and perceptions of Nigerians regarding the job performance of the president.

Findings from the poll, according to the agency, revealed that Buhari’s approval rating stood at 39 percent in June 2016. Monthly trend analysis on the president’s performance rating revealed a 9-point decrease in his approval rating when compared to May 2016. This represents the lowest approval rating of President Buhari since NOIPolls started its approval ratings of the president 13 months ago; with the highest recorded in October 2015 at 80 percent.

More findings from the poll revealed that almost four in 10 adult Nigerians (39 percent: 19 percent + 20 percent) approved the president’s job performance. On the contrary, 41 percent (23 percent + 18 percent) of the respondents disapproved of the president’s job performance whereas 20 percent were indifferent.

However, there were high expectations by Nigerians that the growing Fulani herdsmen and farmers’ conflicts in the North Central, South East, North East and South West zones, and the lingering bombing of pipelines by militant groups would be given adequate attention.

The survey, in conclusion, stated that almost four in 10 Nigerians (39 percent) approved the president’s job performance in June 2016 and this represented the lowest approval rating since the president assumed office in May 2015.

It stated that Buhari’s ratings on some key indicators reflects dissatisfaction of the president’s performance in job creation, health care, infrastructure, conflict resolution, agriculture and food security, education, economy, and poverty alleviation, while Nigerians showed some level of satisfaction with his performance in the area of national security and corruption.

The agency disclosed that the opinion poll was conducted in the week of June 27, 2016 and that it involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample. It said that 1,000 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country, were interviewed.

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