2017 Presidential Elections Opinion Poll By Counties Update: See What The People Think, As Joseph Boakai Suffers UP’s Stigma

Our opinion poll is getting better each day as we mount efforts in featuring the views of Liberians as to who they feel will lead them after the 2017 general and presidential elections. In this edition, we briefly highlight the views of eligible voters the reason why a particular candidate should be elected as Liberia’s next president in 2017 or why not he or she should not be elected to the presidential throne.

This poll is done County by County:

1.    Montserrado County

George Weah  of the CDC popularity is gradually dropping each day due to what some of his diehard supporters described of his ‘indecisive posture’ over the years, and his insensitivity to the plight of his people.

Many who spoke to our pollsters over the past days of his (George Weah’s) chances of becoming Liberia’s next President said they see it imposable, noting that he lacks the maturity of becoming President of Africa’s oldest Republic. But minority sees it from a difference perspective, saying he will learn. Our pollsters’ tabulation for the past days put him at 18% of those who think Weah will capture the presidency seat in 2017.

Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai is the vice Standard Bearer of the current ruling Unity Party, and Vice President of the Republic of Liberia. Liberians who spoke to our dozens of pollsters throughout the Country argued that his ascendency to the presidency should not be seen as a mountain glory. They also noted that his role as current Vice President of Liberia which has been accused of bad governance has helped to create ‘dark cloud’ his presidency bid. For other who also spoke to our pollsters disagreed, stressing that his ascendency for the presidency will be good due to his maturity in the governance of Liberia.

Our opinion poll shows 22% of those who think Ambassador Boakai when elected will be a good President after the 2017 presidential election.

Charles W. Brumskine, the political leader of the Liberty Party (LP), and one of Liberia’s respected legal minds has been considered in Liberia as one of the politicians whose quest for the presidency always in sight. Many of those who spoke to our pollsters said his previous relationship with Charles Taylor former Liberian leader detained in the UK on war crime charges when he reportedly supported the Status of Forces Agreement aimed at forcing the ECOMOG peacekeeping forces to leave Liberia.

Even though, the learned Liberian lawyer during of his media interactions over the years expressed regret for the manner in which the advocacy of the 1994 Status of Forces Agreement with ECOMOG was handled.

But many are still keeping that against him, noting that he supported the Charles Taylor war, and therefore he could not be a good president of Liberia, despite his many attempts for the nation’s highest seat, the presidency.

Other still feel his bid for the 2017 presidency must be considered, noting he has over the years fought for his people through advocacies on the wellbeing of his compatriots. Our poll shows 15.8% of those spoke to agreed that he must be considered for the 2017 presidency.

Dr. Joseph Mills Jones is the Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, and ‘undercover’ political leader of the newly registered political party in Liberia, the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) seems to be gaining some support from mainly rural dwellers due to his CLB loan scheme aimed at empowering Liberians.

Many rural dwellers who spoke to our pollsters overwhelmingly expressed support for his presidential bid come 2017, as many of those who spoke to our team  see him as one who prefer to shoulders the responsibility of the less fortunate, and the downtrodden, and tagged him to capture  22.5% for his presidential bid.

Benoni Urey, a well-known Liberian businessman, and the political leader of the All Liberian Party (ALP) is one of those presidential bidders whose quest for the nation’s highest seat seems to be unabated. Many who have followed his track records over the years during the reign of President Charles Taylor, when he Urey played a very important role in the defunct NPFL, armed group that allegedly committed uncountable atrocities. According to our statics by our pollsters, those who feel he can be trusted tagged at 10.9%.
Another businessman whose name is being highlighted in the Liberian political arena over the years is the Chief Executive Officer of DSTV in Liberia and other chain of businesses has over the years vowed to capture the presidency. His criticisms about the Liberian Government alleged mismanagement of the country’s resources seems not to win the hearts of many of those spoken for his presidency bid.

But for others, Mr. Freeman’s advocacy for the people of Liberia over the years has been recognized, and must   be appreciated and rewarded one of the state cakes and not the presidency, so therefore has tagged 10%.

Jones Nhinson Williams, the political leader of the New Liberia Party (NLP), one of the newest registered political parties is said to be generating the high spirit of contention, as many are wondering who those behind it.

According to international news wires, Williams has been one of those Liberians who have always advocated for the plight of his fellow compatriots abroad, especially lobbying for support from the United States and the United Nations in favor of his people, and country. Despite his stay in the US, his presence back home seems to be felt as many Liberians who have over years observed his contributions believed he could be the best choice for the presidency. But for others, his absence from the country over the last decades would darken his bid as 16.4% feels he must been given test trial.

Augustine K. Ngafuan, a member of the ruling Unity Party (UP) who recently resigned his position as Liberia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs for his active involvement in politics, and to likely contest for the presidency seems to be generating tiny support from the public. According to our survey, many of those spoke to, said Ngafuan a one time student leader of the University of Liberia will not be a good presidential material but rather a vice presidential slot. Those agreed for his bid drops to 11.8%.

2.    Bomi County
Dr. Joseph Mills Jones of MOVEE supporters are increasing each day due to his micro-credit loan scheme launched nationwide by the CBL. Our poll in this county shows that his support for the presidency is climbing dad by day especially from the marketers. Others feel the money being used by Dr. Jones is the Liberian people’s money. 27.9% agreed that his bid for the presidency will gain a fruitful result.
Senator George Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), a leading opposition political party in Liberia which supports always swell in the political gathering of the country’s youthful population, seems to be losing ground due to report that its political leader is always indecisive in his bid for the presidency. For those who think that the CDC political leader will capture state power drops to 18.9 %.

The citizens of Bomi County seems to be divided as to whether to give their support to the current Liberian Vice President who is also the vice standard bearer of the ruling Unity Party, Dr. Joseph Nyuma Boakai. Many who spoke to our team of pollsters in the county said the rule of Joseph N. Boakia in 2017 will be like that of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who is  expected to hand over power to the winner.

For others, Boakai is a man of principles, and believe that if given the authority to run the presidency he will make the difference. Those who agreed that Boaka is the right person for the job, the presidency in 2017 tagged 19.8%.

For Cllr. Charles Brumskine, political leader of the Liberty Party (LP) is likely not to be favored by majority of those who spoke to our team, stating the same action he took regarding the Status of Forces Agreement during the country’s year’s long civil war. But for those who think he will make the difference agreed that he should be giving a chance for the country’s next president. 14% agreed that he will do better.

In Bomi County citizens are questioning the sincerity of the political leader of the All Liberian Party, Businessman Benoni Urey wondering as to whether his quest for the presidency will not to revenge for his ex-boss, former President Charles Gankey Taylor who is currently behind bars in the UK.

Some of those spoke to said they are not prepare to hand over power to people who will again destabilize the sub region as was done during the reign of Mr. Taylor who Mr. Urey served at that time. 8% of those agreed that he should be given a chance said Mr. Urey as a Liberian must be giving a chance to lead his people.

For businessman Simon Freeman of the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), those who spoke to our team said his advocacy over the years for the people of Liberia must be appreciated. On the issue of taking the presidency, many of them   disagreed. But for some Liberians Mr. Freeman must also be shared with the national cake in any other area but not the presidency. 13% supports his bid for the presidency.
Many of those who spoke to our team on the presidency of Jones Nhimson Williams, political leader of the New Liberia Party (NLP) wonder as to whether he is already to handle state power after spending all his years in the United States. Others said his advocacy over the years for the people of Liberia must not be disregarded, but rather show some appreciation of his advocacies which helped to bring relief to Liberians during the civil war. Those who opting for his rule climb to 14.9%

3.    Grand Cape Mount County

Some of the residents in this County expressed to Dr. Joseph Mills Jones bid for the presidency emphasizing his institution, the CBL’s support towards improving their livelihood through the provision of a loan scheme. 27.9% expressed support to his presidential bid.

Senator George Weah’s support in this county seems not to be encouraging, as many of the youthful population say they are still ‘reading the political terrain’ of the CDC, stating the inconsistences of its political leader. But for others, the CDC is their political choice come 2017, 22.9% has agreed to support the CDC till to the end.

Some residents of the county speaking to our team of pollsters said the election of Dr.  Joseph N. Boakai who is Vice President of Liberia, and Vice Standard Bearer of the ruling Unity Party is like ushering in the same Government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, but others he is qualify to rule Liberia after the term of this current shall as expires. 21.9% say he should be elected in 2015.

Charles W. Brumskine’s Liberty Party is said to be struggling in galvanizing support in that part of the country with some residents speaking of their indecisiveness as to who to support. 14% say they are preparing to cast their ballot in favor of the Liberty Party in 2017.

The newly registered political party, the All Liberia Party of  Benoni Urey is not been heard about in that part of the country with the party capturing at the moment  7.8%, while Simon Freeman Movement for Progressive Change obtaining  9%, with  Jones Nhinson Williams of the New Liberia Party taken 14%,  

4.    Gbarpolu County
George Weah’s CDC in that county is trading 17.7%, Joseph N. Boakai  of the UP 16.5%, Charles W. Brumskine (LP) – 12%, Joseph Mills Jones (MOVEE) – 23%, Benoni Urey (ALP) – 10%, Simon Freeman (MPC) – 9% ,  Jones Nhinson Williams (NLP) – 4%,  

5.    Lofa County
George Weah (CDC) – 18.7%, Joseph N. Boakai (UP) – 25%, Charles W. Brumskine (LP) – 22%, Joseph Mills Jones (MOVEE) – 22%, Benoni Urey (ALP) – 10%, Simon Freeman (MPC) – 10% ,  Jones Nhinson Williams (NLP) – 7%

6.    Nimba County
George Weah (CDC) – 21.7%, Joseph N. Boakai (UP) –     17.5%, Charles W. Brumskine (LP) – 16%, Joseph Mills Jones (MOVEE) – 22.5%, Benoni Urey (ALP) – 18%, Simon Freeman (MPC) – 9% ,  Jones Nhinson Williams (NLP) – 4%

7.    Bong County
George Weah (CDC) – 24.7%, Joseph N. Boakai (UP) – 21%, Charles W. Brumskine (LP) – 18%, Joseph Mills Jones (MOVEE) – 22%, Benoni Urey (ALP) – 10%, Simon Freeman (MPC) – 9% ,  Jones Nhinson Williams (NLP) – 18%,      

Maryland County
George Weah (CDC) – 20.7%, Joseph N. Boakai (UP) – 26.5%, Charles W. Brumskine (LP) – 18.9%, Joseph Mills Jones (MOVEE) – 24.%, Benoni Urey (ALP) – 10%, Simon Freeman (MPC) – 9% ,  Jones Nhinson Williams (NLP) – 14%

9.    Sinoe County
George Weah (CDC) – 22.7%, Joseph N. Boakai (UP) – 15.5%, Charles W. Brumskine (LP) – 18%, Joseph Mills Jones (MOVEE) – 28.4%, Benoni Urey (ALP) – 11%, Simon Freeman (MPC) – 9% ,  Jones Nhinson Williams (NLP) – 7%

10.    River Gee County
George Weah (CDC) – 22.7%, Joseph N. Boakai (UP) – 23.5%, Charles W. Brumskine (LP) – 13.2%, Joseph Mills Jones (MOVEE) – 21.5%, Benoni Urey (ALP) – 10%, Simon Freeman (MPC) – 9% ,  Jones Nhinson Williams (NLP) – 23.7%

11.    Grand Gedeh County
George Weah (CDC) – 21.7%, Joseph N. Boakai (UP) – 16.5%, Charles W. Brumskine (LP) – 18%, Joseph Mills Jones (MOVEE) – 27.%, Benoni Urey (ALP) – 10%  

12.    River Cess County
George Weah (CDC) – 21.%, Joseph N. Boakai (UP) – 22.5%, Charles W. Brumskine (LP) – 22%, Joseph Mills Jones (MOVEE) – 11.5%, Benoni Urey (ALP) – 10%, Simon Freeman (MPC) – 9% ,  Jones Nhinson Williams (NLP) – 4%

13.    Grand Kru County
George Weah (CDC) – 20.7%, Joseph N. Boakai (UP) – 26.5%, Charles W. Brumskine (LP) – 22%, Joseph Mills Jones (MOVEE) – 18.5%, Benoni Urey (ALP) – 10%, Simon Freeman (MPC) – 9% ,  Jones Nhinson Williams (NLP) – 4%

14.    Margibi County
George Weah (CDC) – 21.7%, Joseph N. Boakai (UP) – 26.5%, Charles W. Brumskine (LP) – 22%, Joseph Mills Jones (MOVEE) – 21.5%, Benoni Urey (ALP) – 10%, Simon Freeman (MPC) – 9% ,  Jones Nhinson Williams (NLP) –

15.    Grand Bassa County

George Weah (CDC) – 20.7%, Joseph N. Boakai (UP) – 22.5%, Charles W. Brumskine (LP) – 22%, Joseph Mills Jones (MOVEE) – 26.5%, Benoni Urey (ALP) – 11%, Simon Freeman (MPC) – 10% ,  Jones Nhinson Williams (NLP) – 10%

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