Iyobosa Uwugiaren in Abuja
The public opinion poll conducted by NOIPolls Limited on a monthly series of presidential approval rating to appraise the job performance of President Muhammadu Buhari since assuming office revealed that the President has been rated an average job approval of 64 per cent, while he was rated very poorly on job creation, 14 per cent; and handling of the economy, 21 per cent.
In the report released on Monday, the expert in public opinion poll said Buhari had the highest rating of 80 per cent in October 2015, and lowest rating of 42 per cent in April 2016.
‘’Interestingly, compared to one year ago, 44 per cent of Nigerians believe the country is currently moving in the right direction, while 37 per cent believe it’s moving in the wrong direction; leaving only 19 per cent who believe the country is neither moving in the right nor wrong direction’’, NOIPolls claimed.
‘’Furthermore, in terms of specific indicators, Nigerians rated the president’s performance on corruption, 55 per cent; and national security, 47 per cent as average; while he was rated very poorly on Job Creation, 14 per cent; and handling of the Economy, 21 per cent.’’
According to the poll, when asked of the most important issue President Buhari’s administration should focus its attention on addressing over the remaining three years of his tenure, Nigerians were said to have identified unemployment, 21 per cent; power, 17 percent; and the economy, 16 per cent as the top priority areas.
The group said that further analysis of the President’s approval rating based on geo-political zone indicated that the North-West and North-East geopolitical zones with 81 per cent each, had the highest proportion of respondents who approved of the president’s job performance, while the South-South and South-East zones with 35 per cent each accounted for the highest proportion of respondents who disapproved the president’s performance.
The organisation added, ‘’Interestingly, the average approval of 64 per cent cuts across all age groups, although it appears more male than female respondents, 67 per cent versus 60 per cent seemed to approve his performance.
NOIPolls Limited prides itself as the No1 for country specific polling services in West Africa conducting periodic opinion polls and studies on various socio-economic and political issues in Nigeria