The latest Afrobarometer report indicates that the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has kept its popularity rate over the last two years while the ruling New Patriotic Party(NPP) has dropped in support by 15%.
“Compared to 2017, the proportion of respondents who said they would vote for the NPP has dwindled by 15 percentage points from 49% to 34% while the share who said they would vote for the NDC has remained unchanged 22%.
“These findings suggest that a large chunk of the electorate is still waiting to be convinced, during the year remaining before Ghana’s 2020 presidential election, to vote for a specific candidate – or even to vote at all,” the report said.
The report also observed that many Ghanaians are indecisive about voting in next year’s elections.
Youth were twice as likely as older citizens to say they would not vote (14% of those aged 18-35 vs. 7% of those aged 56 and above), as were urban residents (15%) compared to rural residents (7%).
The proclivity to sit out of the election was also considerably stronger among the highly educated (17% of those with post-secondary education) and relatively well-off citizens (13% among those experiencing no lived poverty) compared to the less educated (6% of those with no formal education) and poor citizens (4% among those
experiencing high lived poverty).