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Buhari’s Job Performance Rating Rose To 80% In October – Survey

Posted: Nov 11, 2015 at 8:35 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

A survey has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s job rating rose to 80 per cent in the month of October 2015, a two-point increase from the September’s 78 per cent aggregate and a 10-point increase from June’s 70 per cent aggregate, when his first job performance was appraised.

Findings indicated that the increase in the president’s job performance is mostly centered on the perceived ‘improved electricity supply’ and ‘improved security’ across the country amongst other reasons.

The survey, conducted nationwide by the NOI Polls Limited, a country specific polling service in West Africa, involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample with 1,000 respondents randomly selected among phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country.

Conversely, most respondents who disapproved his job performance claimed that ‘there hasn’t been any realistic change in governance’ (61 per cent) among other reasons.

NOI, which conduct periodic opinion polls and studies on various socio-economic and political issues in Nigeria, stated that, “with a sample of this size, we can say with 95 per cent confidence that the results obtained are statistically precise and within a range of plus or minus three per cent ratio.

This rating is the second highest approval rating since NOI Polls started its governance poll in 2007 where late President Yar’Adua attained an approval rating of 82 per cent. The overall increase in his job performance in October 2015 is mostly seen across the three geo-political zones; the North-West (92 per cent), South-East (71 per cent) and South-West (84 per cent) with the South-East zone (14-points) for the first time recording the largest increase in the number of respondents who approved the president’s job performance.

According to the poll, the president further achieved an average (three) rating in terms of his performance in security, education, healthcare, infrastructure, conflict resolution, agriculture and food security, while he performed poorly in job creation. Also, the larger proportion (62 per cent) of Nigerians surveyed reported that electricity supply to their households has improved over the past one month and this represents a seven-point decrease when compared to September 2015.

In addition, 17 per cent of Nigerians experienced no difference at all in electricity supply, while 21 per cent claimed that electricity supply to their households has worsened within the past one month. The results represent the fifth approval rating for President Buhari’s job performance and the 10th in the 2015 monthly series of governance polls, conducted by NOIPolls to gauge the opinions and perceptions of Nigerians regarding the approval rating of the president, and the current state of electricity supply in the country.

Respondents to the poll were asked four specific questions that sought to assess the opinion of Nigerians on the performance of President Buhari over the past one month. Findings revealed that 80 per cent (46 per cent + 34 per cent) of adult Nigerians interviewed approved of the president’s job performance. On the contrary, seven per cent (5 per cent + 2 per cent) disapproved of his performance, while 13 per cent remained neutral as they neither approved nor disapproved.

More analysis on the president’s performance by geo-political zones indicated that the North-West zone (92 per cent: 57 per cent + 35 per cent) and North-East zone (87 per cent: 48 per cent + 39 per cent) had the highest percentage of respondents who approved of the president’s job performance.

On the other hand, the South-South zone (17 per cent: 13 per cent + 4 per cent) and South-East zone (13 per cent: 8 per cent + 5 per cent) had the largest proportion of respondents who disapproved of the president’s job performance.

Respondents were further asked to state their reasons for either approving or disapproving the president’s performance.