One of the researchers at the political science department of the University of Ghana, Isaac Owusu Mensah, has asked the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to be mindful of the continuous reduction in their percentage of votes following what President Akufo-Addo got in their latest research work.
The researcher and lecturer told Kwabena Agyapong on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, the party has over the past two years had their percentage of persons wanting to vote for them drop by two percent.
In his view, if the trend should continue for another two years, the NPP may garner 45% after the 2020 polls.
He was explaining the methodology used by the researchers in their latest work which said President Akufo-Addo would have polled 49% with Mahama and Nduom getting 33% and 7% percent respectively if elections were held today.
Ten percent of the respondents in the research he said were indifferent and failed to indicate which party or candidate they would have voted for.
Presenting the findings of the report on Wednesday, Head of Political Science Department, Dr. Maame Gyekye-Jandoh, said “For Nana Akufo-Addo, 49.3% said they would vote for him, 33.3% said they would vote for Mahama and 7.35 for Paa Kwesi Nduom.”
The report also indicated that Akufo-Addo may not be able to maintain the required 50 plus one vote, a situation that may lead to a run off.
“These responses indicate simply and unsurprisingly that the two major parties are still the most preferred among voters, and secondly, that there might be another contest between President Akufo-Addo and former President Mahama during the 2020 elections,” she added.
Dr. Gyekye-Jandoh disckosed that two questions were asked respondents, one being which party they would vote for if elections were held today, and secondly, which candidate they would vote for.
“….48.9% of our respondents said they would vote for the NPP if elections were to be held today. 32.2% said they would vote for the NDC, 3.3% for the PPP, 1.7% for the CPP, 0.4% for the PNC and 0.2% for the NDP,” she said.
Explaining the research findings, Mr Isaac Owusu Mensah said the project was not politically sponsored d as speculated.