BY CHRIS OCHAYI
ABUJA—The latest governance poll results conducted by NOIPolls Limited for the month of June revealed that 57 per cent of adult Nigerians approved of the performance of the President over the past month; a slight one-point decline in his job approval rating from May when it stood at 58 per cent.
The firm explained that similar to results obtained in the month of May, the President’s current rating was greatly impacted by the remarkably high approval rating in the South East which stood at 91 per cent in June 2014.
According to the poll, “additional findings from the June governance poll revealed that the President maintained an average ranking for his performance on sectors such as the Economy, Education, Health, Agriculture & Food security, Transportation and Foreign Policy & Diplomacy.
“However, he maintained a very poor ranking for his performance on Job Creation, Power and Security. Furthermore, slightly more than half of the respondents’ 52 per cent indicated power supply to their households over the past month was either bad and/or it had gone worse; a seven-point increase from May 2014.
“Ironically, while the South East zone experienced the worst supply of power to households, 61 per cent, the zone remains responsible for the president’s high job approval rating. These are some of the key findings from the Governance Snap Poll conducted in week of June 23, 2014.
“These results represent the sixth in the 2014 monthly series of governance polls conducted by NOIPolls to gauge the opinions and perceptions of Nigerians regarding the approval rating of the President, the performance of the President on key elements of his transformation agenda, and the state of power supply in the country.”
Further findings, according to NOIPolls, revealed that “the majority of 45 per cent of respondents approve of the performance of the President, while 17 per cent disapprove of his performance. 15 per cent of the respondents remained neutral as they neither approve nor disapprove,12 per cent of respondents strongly approve of his performance, while 11 per cent strongly disapprove of his performance.”
“Assessing the President’s performance from the geo-political zone perspective revealed that the South-East zone with 91 per cent, 20 per cent+71 per cent has the highest proportion of respondents who approve of the President’s job performance and this had a great impact on the overall rating of the President.
“The North-West zone accounts for the largest proportion of respondents who disapprove of the President’s job performance with 42 per cent, 24 percent+18 percent. Monthly trend assessment of the President’s approval rating reveals that the President’s approval rating declined slightly by 1-point to 57 percent in June 2014; the third highest rating since January 2014.
“The results also indicate that the North-Central zone experienced the largest increase 12-points in the percentage of respondents who approve of the president’s overall performance in June 66 percent from May 2014.”
It added that the 18-month approval trend analysis (January 2013 – June 2014) revealed on monthly basis that the President’s performance rating on Economy, Health, Agriculture & Food Security, Transportation and Foreign Policy & Diplomacy maintained an average ranking for the sixth month, excluding Education which was rated very poor in February.
“Also, the President has been rated very poor in terms of his performance on Job Creation, Power and Security since February,” the poll indicated.