Worsened Security Situation And Economic hardship Main Reason Nigerians Are dissatisfied With 2021 – New Poll Ravels

Abuja, Nigeria. December 31st, 2021 – A new public opinion poll released by NOIPolls has revealed that the majority of adult Nigerians (71 percent) are not satisfied with the year 2021 in all ramifications mainly due to the worsened security situation and economic hardship in the country.

Furthermore, the poll assessed the opinion of Nigerians on how well the country has fared in certain key sectors and the poll result revealed that the areas of Economy, Security, Electricity supply, Agriculture, Education, and Health were rated poorly as Nigerians reported that the country did not fare well at all in these areas. Specifically, 82 percent stated the Economy did not fare well while 79 percent of respondents stated that the country did not fare well in security.

It is, therefore, imperative that government and stakeholders in all sectors highlighted here move swiftly to address all the challenges obstructing the growth of these sectors and drive growth in these sectors in the year ahead. Finally, it is gratifying to note that 62 percent of adult Nigerians believe that the country has fared well in terms of COVID-19 prevention and vaccination. Hence, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and other concerned stakeholders should take advantage of this end ensure that more Nigerian are vaccinated in 2022. These are some of the key highlights from the End of Year Poll conducted in the week commencing December 13th, 2021.

Survey Background

As part of the culture of Nigerians, a typical citizen sees the end of every year as a time of stock-taking, self-assessment, a time of reunion with friends, and a time for school reunion, carnival, end of year parties and cultural meetings, and Christian festivities. This period of the year is held in high esteem by Nigerians from all walks of life as they use it to undertake all of the above and many more. More importantly, it is that time of the year that some people begin to plan for the New Year with enthusiasm and determination. It is in this part of the year that resolutions for the new are taken to make the New Year better than the year-end.

The COVID-19 challenge continued in the year 2021 infecting people and causing death but the availability of vaccines has reduced the effect of the disease in 2021 and it is believed that the availability of vaccines will continue in 2022 so that more people will be vaccinated to prevent escalating cases of COVID-19 in the New Year. Against this backdrop, NOIPolls conducted a poll to gauge the perceptions of Nigerians regarding the year 2021.

Survey Findings

The first question sought to gauge the level of satisfaction amongst Nigerians with regards to the year 2021 in all aspects. The poll findings revealed that the majority of adult Nigerians (71 percent) are dissatisfied with the year 2021 in all ramifications. Analysis by geographical locations indicated that the South-East (82 percent) and North Central zone (80 percent) represented the highest number of Nigerians in this category.

Also, with regards to age group, the analysis showed that the level of dissatisfaction increases as the age group increased hence, Nigerians aged 61 and above had more respondents (80 percent) who were dissatisfied. Analysis by gender showed that they are more female (75 percent) than male (68 percent) respondents who are dissatisfied with the year in all aspects.

Consequently, 71 percent of the respondents who stated that they were dissatisfied were further probed. The findings showed that worsened security situation (29 percent), hunger and economic hardship (21 percent), and inflation rate (12 percent) top the list of reasons why Nigerians are mostly dissatisfied with the year 2021. Other reasons mentioned are high cost of living (10 percent), high rate of unemployment (8 percent), the government has failed us (6 percent), high cost of goods and services (4 percent), a poor economy (3 percent) and COVID-19 pandemic (3 percent).

On the other hand, respondents who mentioned that they are satisfied with the current year did so mainly because they believe that they are alive and fine (29 percent). Other reasons include ‘I got a job’ (15 percent), ‘I planted and harvested’ (15 percent), and ‘we should always thank God’ (14 percent) amongst other reasons.

Furthermore, the poll evaluated the view of Nigerians regarding how well the country has fared in certain areas 2021. The poll result revealed that the economy and security took the hardest hit as they were rated poorly. Specifically, 82 percent of Nigerians disclosed that the nation has not fared well in economy, while 79 percent of Nigerians emphasized that the country has not fared well in security.

Contrarily, 62 percent of adult Nigerians believe that the country has done well in terms of COVID-19 prevention and vaccination in 2021.

Conclusion

The poll result revealed that most Nigerians are dissatisfied with the year 2021 mainly due to the worsened security situation and economic hardship. With regards to the citizen’s perception in some key sectors, all the sectors were rated poorly however, the economy and security were the hardest hit as 82 percent and 79 percent of adult Nigerians believe that both sectors have not fared well at all in 2021. It is, therefore, imperative that government and stakeholders in all sectors highlighted here move swiftly to address all the challenges obstructing the growth of these sectors and drive growth in these sectors in the year ahead.

Finally, it is gratifying to note that 62 percent of adult Nigerians believe that the country has fared well in terms of COVID-19 prevention and vaccination. Hence, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and other concerned stakeholders should take advantage of this end ensure that more Nigerian are vaccinated in 2022.

Survey Methods

The opinion poll was conducted in the week commencing December 13th, 2021. It involved telephone interviews of a proportionate nationwide sample of 1,000 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical regions and 36 states and the FCT of the country. Interviews were conducted in 5 languages – Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba, Pidgin English, and English. Although we can say with 95% confidence that the results obtained were statistically precise – within a margin of error of plus or minus 4.65%; we recognize that the exclusive use of telephone polling has its limitation of excluding non-phone-owning Nigerians. Nonetheless, with the country’s teledensity put over 100 percent by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), we consider our telephone polling approach appropriate. Also, given the rigorous scientific process of randomization and stratification applied, we can confidently stand by the validity of our methodology and approach. 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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