[Ghana] Voters ‘extremely confident’ of casting ballot on Dec. 7 amid coronavirus, poll finds
06-11-2020 09:22:56 | by: Bob Koigi | hits: 3016 | Tags:

In spite of the spread of the coronavirus disease globally, Ghanaians are confident of voting on December 7 regardless of the impact of the pandemic, according to results of the third wave of the Ghana Election Poll which run from August 1 to September 31, 2020.

Out of the 2,246 participants, 34% were extremely confident and 33% were very confident of voting safely on December 7. However, 24% of Ghanaian adults are somewhat confident that they would be able to cast their ballot safely on December 7 while 4% and 5% were not voting and don't know if they will vote safely on December 7.

A top2 box (a combination of extremely and very confident) analysis of the above chart across party lines indicates that in spite of the coronavirus pandemic, most Ghanaians are confident they would be able to cast their ballots safely in the December 7 elections.

Similarly, across regions, the confidence of being able to cast a ballot safely is high among Ghanaians come December 7.

Again, a top2 box analysis of the chart below indicates that males and females are confident of casting a safe ballot, in spite of the coronavirus by 69% and 65% respectively.

Across age groups, top2 box analysis indicates that confidence of casting a safe ballot on December 7, in spite of the coronavirus, is high.

The scientific poll which was conducted online via the renowned market research firm MSI-ACI had 2,246 responses from Ghanaians, a little more than the 2,055 responses recorded in the Second Wave.

Over 90 percent of the respondents were living in Ghana and the rest were living in countries including South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Central African Republic and Algeria. At least half of respondents in the survey claimed to not belong to any political party, while those who are NDC/Lean NDC and those who are NPP/Lean NPP were 25% and 21%, respectively.

Results for the full sample have a margin of sampling error (with finite population correction) of plus or minus 2.068%. A representative sample of the Ghanaian population of 28,956,587 - population projection as stated on page 6 of the Ghana Living Standards Survey (GLSS 7) - was achieved by weighting (matching) the data according to age and gender demographics of the 2010 population and housing census and the GLSS 7.

The Ghana Election Poll is powered by GhanaWeb and the Africa Consumer Panel which is a cooperation between the digital publisher Africa Business Communities and renowned market research firm MSI-ACI.

The online poll is conducted every month and the results are published at the beginning of every other month on GhanaWeb.com. It is devoid of spam as the respondents can take the survey only once. The MSI-ACI platform that hosts the survey records the device on which the respondent takes the poll and does not allow for a second attempt from the same device.

The Ghana Election Poll is different from the open-access poll which is running on GhanaWeb. The latter allows participants to self-select into participation and its results cannot be generalized because it is a representative of only the participants of the poll.