Jonathan’s approval rating drops in February – NOIPolls

Former President Goodluck Jonathan

Decline in President’s approval rating linked to Boko Haram attacks.

The monthly survey by an independent polling group, NOI Polls has revealed that President Goodluck Jonathan’s governance approval rating for February 2014 took a 10 points plunge from the January rating.

The group said on Tuesday that the latest poll results showed that 51 per cent of the adult Nigerian population approved of the job performance of the President during the past month, from 61 per cent recorded in January 2014.

The polls result also revealed that the President was ranked “very poor” for his performance on national security, job creation, power and education in the month of February. He was, however, ranked “average” for his performance on economy, health, agriculture and food security, and transportation.

Though the report said 40 per cent of Nigerians experienced slight improvements in power supply over the past one month, it noted however that this figure represented a 4-point decline when compared to January.

The poll is an exercise embarked upon to help gauge the opinions and perceptions of Nigerians on the rating and performance of the President on key elements of his transformation agenda, and the state of power supply in the country.

According to the poll result, out of about 35 per cent that approved the President’s job performance, only 16 per cent held a strong opinion of their approval. About 22 per cent of respondents neither approved nor disapproved the President’s performance rating.

An assessment of the President’s performance on the basis of the six geo-political zones showed that the South-East has the highest proportion of 84 per cent, followed by the South-South zone (63 per cent).

The South-West zone, with 37 per cent, has the highest proportion of respondents that disapproved of the President’s performance, while the North-West zone, with 26 per cent, accounted for the highest proportion of respondents that remained neutral on the president’s approval rating.

When these findings were compared with the January 2014 poll, NOIPolls said there was a significant 10-point decline in the President’s job approval rating. It said that year-on-year analysis showed that the current results also represented a slight 4-point decline when compared to the President’s approval rating in February 2013, which stood at 54 per cent.

Assessing the performance of the President on key areas of his transformation agenda, respondents said that the President performed poorly. On the 5-point scale, the poll showed that an average performance of 3 was recorded for economy, health, agriculture & food security, transportation, and foreign policy and diplomacy, while on job creation, power, education and security, the president was ranked 1.

A comparison of the current findings with January’s results revealed that the President’s performance rating on job creation, power and education declined from 3 to 1 in February. His rating on security dropped from a good ranking of 4 to 1 in February, owing to the recent spate of attacks by the Boko Haram sect in some North Eastern States. On February 16, Reuters reported that militants were responsible for about 300 deaths recorded during the month, with most of the dead being civilians. On February 25, suspected members of the Islamist extremist group, Boko Haram killed at least 29 students of the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, Yobe State. On February 26, 2014, the group also attacked and killed at least 32 in several villages in Madagali and Michika Local Government Areas of Adamawa State.

On the situation of power in the country within the past month, a total of 40 per cent said they noticed an improvement, with 26 per cent experiencing a “slight improvement” and 14 per cent “much improvement.” However, the report said these figures illustrated a 4-point drop in the proportion of respondents that experienced an improvement in January – 44 per cent.

About 24 per cent of the respondents said, “There’s no difference at all”, while 20 per cent said “It remains bad”; with 16 per cent stating “It is very bad and has gone worse.” Respondents in the North-East and the South-East zones made up 48 per cent each – the highest percentage – of respondents that experienced an improvement in their power supply, while the North-West zone accounted for the highest number of respondents that  said, “There’s no difference at all” or “It remains bad” with 24 per cent and 34 per cent respectively. Respondents in the South-South zone – 20 per cent – were the largest proportion of respondents that indicated “It’s very bad, has gone to worse.”

The result is a 4-point decline when compared with the results obtained in January 2014.

NOIPolls said despite the overall 10-point decline, 51 per cent of adult Nigerians still approve the job performance of the President over the past month.



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  • Owoeye Samuel

    This poll result has been manipulated. Any approval poll that gives Jonathan above 5% rating in the face of the current unbridled corruption is unacceptable.

    • sirjoka

      i concur. 100%.

    • Contact Point

      Absolutely. But even if they should rate him 90%, surely Nigerians will vote him out come 2015. This man has failed so woefully, that i hate reading any Newspaper with his picture on it. Come to think of it, who is NOI Polls? Is that not Ngozi Okonjo Iweala (NOI)?

    • Denis_NG

      My thought exactly. The pollster ought to indicate how his sample data were collected. In addition, we need to know what the error margin is, which I believe is sky high.

  • redeem

    which yeye APC polls–go to Osun state-ati-lagos that voted 77b for the office of fashola –perhaps he is d one doing great abi

    • Leslie

      If you have nothing to say why don’t you just shut up,instead of commenting offpoint all the time,redeemed reno omokri.

  • mallam jibrin saeed

    Can this pollsters explain to the public why they did not include the level of corruption under this government into there survey? We also want to know what manner of respondents this pollsters interviewed in the north west that gave them such misleading result of the majority being indifferent to Jonathan’s ” delibreate and systematic poor performance” in the geopolitical zone.

  • Chichi

    For your info, NOI is owned by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. The woman manipulates the opinion polls in the same way that she manipulates the country’s economic statistics

  • h madaki

    As for NOI POLLS,I don’t know what criteria they use in gauging the opinion polls of each zones,but as for northwest and northeast zones,Iam pretty sure when it comes to security,power and impact of Jonathan administration, I will say his approval rate will be well below 10%,but come 2015 election, then only then will Jonathan knowns how hurt his policies were to us in nigeria and the north in particular.we in the north are on daily basis living with bitter taste in our mouth,because of the feeling and seeing the northerners are on daily basis abused and humiliated by the so called Ijaw leaders and their co hort the ibos.we take consolations in the saying,change is constant.oh boy,we will be patience till 2015 presidential elections.

  • ihatesycophant

    Approval rating my foot done under Presidential roof under the control of Ngozi Okonjo Iwela (NOI). It has no bearing to the true picture experiencing in the nation.

  • Chiemele

    How come I did not get this questionaire and for that matter everyone I know?

  • omonla

    you mean this chap’s got an approval rating????

  • omonla

    thank God for once with the exception of the insipid and extremely irritating character called “redeem”, we all agree this man called Jonathan got to go in 2015