In the month of December, 60 per cent of Nigerians were unimpressed by President Goodluck Jonathan’s performance.
The NOIPolls Limited, an opinion polling and research organisation, on Tuesday said President Goodluck Jonathan had his worst rating for 2013 in December.
The monthly poll for December showed that 6 in 10 Nigerians or 60 per cent of Nigerians sampled were unimpressed by the president’s performance during the month.
“The results from the current poll have indicated that 4 in 10 Nigerians (about 40 per cent) approved of the President’s performance over the past month, representing a significant 10-point decline in the President’s approval rating from November (about 50 per cent) and the lowest rating for the President in 2013,” the report said.
The year round average approval rating for the President in 2013 was about 49 per cent, while the average quarterly rating of the current administration for 2013 was about 25 per cent.
This, the agency said, represents a 10-point decline in the proportion of Nigerians that approve of the President’s performance in November (50 per cent), the lowest in 2013.
The poll also revealed that only 25 per cent of Nigerians rate the performance of the current administration, consisting the Federal Executive Council, FEC, Ministers and Governors of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, as good.
The rating represented a 5-point decline from the 30 per cent rating in November.
The rating agency said the exercise was designed to help gauge the opinions and perceptions of Nigerians on the approval rating of the president, the performance of the current administration, and the situation of power supply in the country.
On the performance of President Jonathan in December, the result showed that only 40 per cent of respondents gave a pass mark.
Comparatively, about 29 per cent of the adult population respondents disapproved of the President’s performance, as against 22 per cent in November, representing a 7-point proportionate increase.
About 31 per cent remained neutral in their assessment.
Based on geo-political zones spread, the report showed that respondents from the South-East zone recorded the highest proportional approval rating of the President’s performance (about 58 per cent).
About 40 per cent came from the North-West, North-East (about 38 percent) and South-West (about 35 per cent) zones.
The highest proportion of neutral respondents to the president’s performance came from the South-South and South-West zones, about 35 per cent each.
An evaluation of the President’s performance rating in 2013 showed that the highest approval ratings was recorded in August (about 57 per cent), closely followed by October (about 55 per cent) and February (about 54 per cent).
The poorest approval ratings were December (about 40 per cent) and April (about 42 per cent) 2013.
Furthermore, review of the results based on quarterly averages showed that the third quarter of 2013 was the best, with an average of 53 per cent rating, while the second quarter was the worst, with an average of about 43 per cent.
On the performance of the current administration, about 43 per cent of Nigerians were of the opinion that the administration was an average performer, while about 25 per cent said it did well, and about 32 per cent gave it a poor mark.
Amongst the geo-political zones, the North-Central and South-West zones scored the administration’s performance average, about 47 per cent each, the highest proportion of respondents to the poll.
About 45 per cent of respondents, the largest proportion that rated the current administration poorly, were from the North-East zone, while the South-East zone, which accounted for about 40 per cent, said the administration performed well.
NOIPolls said trend analysis of the performance of the current administration in 2013 showed a 5-point decline in the proportion of Nigerians that approve of the performance of the current administration from about 30 per cent in November to about 25 per cent in December.
When compared with the President’s approval rating, the current administration also received its highest approval rating in August (about 35 per cent), while its lowest rating was in April (about 16 per cent).
On quarterly averages, the best quarter for the current administration were the third and fourth quarters of 2013, with an average rating of about 29 per cent each.
The worst quarter for the current administration rating, the rating agency said, was the second quarter with an average approval rating of 20 per cent.
Comparatively, the quarterly analysis for the President’s ratings showed that both ratings reflected each other, with second quarter being the worst quarter for both as the third was the best for both.
These reflected Nigerians’ perceptions that both ratings were closely linked, as the high rating for the President also reflected on his administration’s performance, and vice versa.
On the power situation in the country in December, about 34 per cent of Nigerians said there was a slight improvement in the situation of power supply- an 8-point increase over the November figure (about 26 per cent).
Furthermore, about 29 per cent of the respondents said the situation “remains bad”, about 21 per cent of the respondents said “there’s no difference at all”, while about 16 per cent of the respondents said the situation has “gone worse”.
The South-East zone had the highest proportion of respondents (about 46 per cent) that noticed an improvement in the level of power supply in their area.
The North-Central zone, which accounted for about 29 per cent of the respondents had the highest number of respondents that said “there’s no difference at all” in their power supply in December 2013.
The North-West zone had the highest proportion of respondents – about 36 per cent – that said power supply over the past month “remains bad”. With about 23 per cent, the North-East zone had the highest number of respondents that held power supply had gone worse.
Power supply was considered best over the first quarter, with an average of 41 per cent, and worst over the second and fourth quarters, with an average of about 33 per cent each.
The worst quarter in terms of power supply ratings mirrors the lowest rating for the President and current administration.
“… The poll result revealed a slight improvement in the situation of power supply (about 34 per cent) in December 2013, with an 8-points increase in the rating from November (about 26 per cent). But, despite the 8-point improvement in the rating of power supply, the approval rating of the president still experienced a significant 10-Point decline,” the rating agency said.