President’s Approval Rating Declines by 1-point to 69 Percent After 61 Days in Office.

Abuja, Nigeria. August 13th, 2015– Latest governance poll results released by NOIPolls for the month of July 2015 revealed that 69 percent of adult Nigerians surveyed approved of President Muhammadu Buhari’s performance. This current rating represents a 1 point decline from June’s rating where he started off at 70 percent. An assessment of the President’s performance by geo-political regions revealed that his rating was highest in the North-East region (87 present) and lowest in the South-South region (45 percent). Nigerians who maintained this position were of the opinion that the President is a good man (28 percent)  and that there has been improvement in security (19 percent), as well as inpower supply (14 percent).

On the contrary, 13 percent of Nigerians expressed their disapproval of the president’s performance over the past 1 month with the majority stating there has not been any change in governance since he assumed office on May 29th (76 percent). Moreover some Nigerians still in this cartegory  believe it’s too early to evaluate him (9 percent)  and he has delayed in appointing ministers (5 percent) and salary have not been paid to government workers among others.

Furthermore, the month of july recorded an improved state of power supply as 6 in 10 Nigerians (62 percent) acknowledged seeing improvement. This  represents an  18-point increase in this proportion of Nigeriansfrom June (44 percent). This improvement was generally seen across all geo-political zones, although 19 percent claimed they have seen no improvement in the state of power over the past one month. These were some of the key findings from the Governance Snap Poll conducted in the week of July 27th 2015.  The first report for President Muhammadu Buhari’s (first 30 days in office) was released in July 2015. To view this release, please click the link below.

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The results represent the second approval rating for President Muhammadu Buhari’s job performance and the seventh in the 2015 monthly series of governance polls, conducted by NOIPolls to gauge the opinions and perceptions of Nigerians regardingthe approval rating of the President, and the currentstate of power supply in the country.

Respondents to the survey were asked two specific questions. The first sought to measure the opinion of Nigerians on the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari. Respondents were asked: Do you approve or disapprove of the job performance of President Muhammadu Buhari in the past 1 month? Results revealed that 69 percent (34 percent + 35 percent) of adult Nigerians surveyed approved of the President’s performance, 13 percent (10 percent + 3 percent) of the respondents disapproved of his performance, while 18 percent remained indifferent as they neither approved nor disapproved of the President’s job performance over the past 1 month.

Analysis by geo-political regions revealed that the North-West and North-central regions recorded the highest percentage of respondents who approved of the President’s job performance with 87 percent (63 percent + 24 percent) and 81 percent (26 percent + 55 percent) respectively. Also the South-South region(30 percent: 21 percent + 9 percent)have the largest number of respondents who disapproved of his performance; while the South-East region (36 percent) recorded the highest percentage of respondents who neither approved nor disapproved of the President’s job performance.

Respondents were further asked reasons for approving or disapproving the President’s performance, a larger proportion of respondents who approved of his job performance over the past 1 month cited reasons such as, the President is a good man (28 percent).Meanwhile, other respondents mentioned he has improved security (19 percent), and there has been an improved power supply (14 percent) etc. Also, the majority who disapproved were of the opinion that there hasn’t been changes in governance (76 percent); likewise 9 percent stated it’s too early to evaluate his performance and 5 percent stated he has delayed in appointing his ministers, among others reasons.

Evaluating the President’s performance rating in 61 days in office (2 months) revealed a 1-point decline from the previous month June where he started off at 70 percent. A closer view of the trend analysis revealed that the approval ratings of the current and past Predents have been characterised by decline in  subsequent approval ratings after their first approval rating.

Subsequently, with the aim of assessing the state of power supply to Nigerian households within the past one month, respondents were asked: How would you describe power supply in your area in the last 1 month?  Findings revealed that the month of July witnessed an improved state of power supply as majority 62 percent (21 percent + 41 percent) attested they experienced an improved powesupply to their hpouseholds within the period in view. This result depicts an 18-point increase in the proportion of Nigerians who experienced an improved power supply from June (44 percent) to July (62 percent).

More findings revealed that the majority across all regions reported improvement in power supply with the highest recorded in the South-East (69 percent: 25 percent + 44 percent) and the South-West (69 percent: 18 percent + 51 percent) regions. Although when the current results of improvement obtained in the South-South region (42 percent: 19 percent + 33 percent) is compared with previous results,  a 10 points decline in the proportion of Nigerians who saw improvenment from June (52 percent) is revealed. Thus, depicting a slightly worsened state of power supply in this region from June 2015.

In conclusion, current survey results have shown that 69 percent (34 percent + 35 percent) of Nigerians approve of the Presidents job performance over the past month. Results shows a 1 point decrease in the President’s approval rating from June (70 percent) to July (69 percent).

Further findings revealed that the month of July saw an improved power supply to Nigerian homes as the percentage of Nigerians who experienced improved power supply increased by 18 points from 44 percent in June to 62 percent in July. While 19 percent of the respondents stated power supply has remained poor/gone worse in their locality over the past 1 month.

Survey Methods

The opinion poll was conducted in the week of July 27th 2015. It involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample. 1,000 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country, were interviewed. With a sample of this size, we can say with 95% confidence that the results obtained are statistically precise - within a range of plus or minus 3%. NOIPolls Limited, No1 for country specific polling services in West Africa. We conduct periodic opinion polls and studies on various socio-economic and political issues in Nigeria. More information is available at www.noi-polls.com

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