GNN Survey In May: Who’s Who In 2017 Presidential Race

GNN May 2017 Presidential Survey

After an intensive sampling of views from Liberians who are also considered as eligible voters gearing up to vote in office Liberia’s next President in the pending October 10, 2017 general and presidential elections, again the voices of these people have been captured by our team of pollsters assigned throughout the Country.

Despite of attacks on each other’s reputation by presidential aspirants, and promises regularly released by these aspirants that they are the best and capable to redeem Liberia from the shackle of corruption and other ills in the Liberian society when elected.

Following the publication of GNN-Liberia monthly survey (Part-2) where it was reported through number of intensive surveys conducted throughout the Country by our team of pollsters and a series sampling of views from cross section of eligible voters, it was reported that the ruling Unity Party presidential candidate, Joseph Nyuma Boakai was in the lead among presidential aspirants.

Our part survey also named the Standard Bearer of the opposition Liberty Party, Charles W. Brumskine was in line as the next talked about, and the most favored presidential candidate, while the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) political leader, George M. Weah; the party that was popularly considered as the people’s party took the next roll in our sampling.

Alexander B. Cummings of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), is progressively making headway, according to our opinion poll (Not official) with many of those spoke to during our last poll (Part-2) considered him as their preferred choice.

For both the political leaders of the All Liberian Party (ALP) and the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR); Benoni Urey and Prince Johnson are trading the same line as ALP is said to be gaining more grounds, according to GNN-Liberia sampling survey from around the Country.

Our Part-3 Survey

According to our nationwide pollsters, the Unity Party (UP) presidential candidate, Joseph N. Boakai is still in the lead as the most talked about and the most favored presidential candidate; 56% (13% of this number is of the early voting age, 38% are men, while 15% are women), the all have vowed to cast their ballots in favor of the UP presidential candidate. They also agreed that the presidency of the current Liberian Vice President when given the opportunity will make the difference.

But for the 44% of the number voters talked to from various communities around the Country, resolved to reject the presidential candidate of the Unity Party (UP), noting that electing him office means President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is still holding on power. While others argued that ruling and the political playing field must be changed, and new breed of leadership take the stand.

The Liberty Party (LP) presidential candidate, Charles Walker Brumskine is doing all in his political fight to overshadow the presidential bid of the Unity Party candidate with many of those our pollsters interviewed said this time the Liberian presidency must go to the Liberty Party.

47% of those talked to said their only alternative for this election is the Liberty Party presidential candidate, noting, “We have to change this administration, it is about time that the opposition take charge. Let the Unity Party take its exist and give way to the opposition,” some of those in favor of the Party candidacy noted.

Out of this number 15% are those at early voting age, while 32% are the older ones, including women and men who said they will carry the Liberty Party presidential candidate as their president come October 20, 2017.

38% of those interviewed by our pollsters around the Country said they have not decided who to vote for, while 15% of those our pollsters talked to said they are not interested in the presidency of the Liberty Party, as one of those who spoke to our staff noted, “As much we want the opposition to take control of the presidency, I think the Liberty Party is not ready.”

The mountain support of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) yesteryears seems to be decreasing by the day, as many are said to be crossing carpet to other political parties ahead of the 2017 general and presidential elections.

52% have vowed to vote in office, the political leader of the CDC, George Manneh Weah as Liberia’s next president come 2017 general and presidential elections; of this number 30% are the early voters, mainly youths, while 22% are adults including women and men.

At the same time, 48% of those who spoke to our pollsters around the Country said they have resolved to reject the presidency of the CDC political leader, Senator George Manneh Weah during the pending October 2017 presidential elections, noting that he needs to do more upgrading in his political career, beginning with his senatorial position. “At this point, we need more matured and practical person to rule Liberia,” one of those who spoke to our pollsters noted.

For the opposition Alternative National Congress (ANC), political leader, Alexander Benedict Cummings, many are becoming to favor his bid, despite of the issue of his reported dual citizenship and the Code of Conduct.

GNN-Liberia survey further discovered that 48% of those who were interviewed mainly in the southeastern and western parts of the Country have promised to cast their ballots in favor of the ANC presidency. Of this number, 33% are adults while 15% are young people who believed to be early voters.

While at the same time many of those who were interviewed by our pollsters around the Country gave contrary views; with 18% saying the ANC political leader has a good vision but is new in the Liberian political arena, while others (28%) say they are reserving the choice for now.

The political leader of the All Liberian Party (ALP), Benoni Urey is said to be making surprising lead in some parts of the Country, especially in rural Montserrado County with voters pledging to vote in his favor come elections day.

37% of those who were interviewed by our team of pollsters have agreed that the ALP political leader will make a better leader when elected as Liberia’s next president come the 2017 elections. Of this number, 25% are people, admirers and supporters of the former National Patriotic Front of Liberia.

But for 28% of those who talked to our staff, said electing Urey to the presidency is like electing detained Liberian leader, Charles Gankay Taylor who is currently behind bars in the UK. While 35% told our team that they on ‘Wait and See’ line as to whether he will make an impact during the elections. “For now, nothing we can say about the ALP bid for the presidency.”

Finally, for the presidential bid of the political leader of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR), Prince Johnson, those our pollsters spoke to around the Country expressed mixed reactions of his presidency.

However, 33% of those who spoke to our pollsters, said their candidate in the 2017 elections is Prince Johnson, noting that his Party, the MDR will certainly capture the presidency.

While 28% is rejecting his bid, and 35% expressing uncertainty over his presidential ambitious.

Note:

This poll conducted by the GNN-Liberia team of pollsters around the country is not an official poll but rather done independently. This poll is conducted after every month.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.