NAYMOTE survey says 64% of Liberians believe Weah’s Gov’t heading in the ‘wrong direction’
In a little over nine months since the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) administration came into being, 64 percent of 3,185 (46% women and 54% men) registered voters across 46 electoral districts (out of 73) within the 15 counties say the country is not being run in the right direction.
In their opinion, the George Weah administration is heading into the wrong direction.
Majority of Liberians polled believe that President Weah is not on the right trajectory in transforming Liberia into a prosperous and peaceful nation as promised.
According to a survey report released by the not for profit organization, National Youth Youth Movement for Transparent Elections (NAYMOTE) the survey was meant to assess citizens’ perception on the quality of governance in Liberia.
The report, using a sample size of 3,185 (women 46% and 54% men) registered voters out of 2,183,629 registered voters across 46 electoral districts out 73 within the 15 counties participated in the survey.
The NAYMOTE survey targeted the 15 counties, with respondents between ages 18-35 (54%), 36-50 years (41%) and 50 above (6%).
The report revealed that 35% of respondents were business people, 30% were self-employed, 12 % are farmers, 10% government employees, while 89% of the respondents were high school and college students.
NAYMOTE said with the 3,185 registered voters interviewed, 64% of respondents “think the country is going in the wrong direction, 13% said the country is somehow going in the wrong direction while 9% said the country is going in the right direction.”
“12% said the country is somehow going in the right direction, 70% of the respondents described the current economic condition as poor, while 14% described the current economic condition as very poor,” according to NAYMOTE.
The survey report says “2% of the respondents see the current economic condition in the country as good, while 1% describe the current economic condition in the country as very good; 13% of the respondents describe the economic condition in the country as fair and 9% said they don’t know.”
The results further showed that 74% of respondents said they are satisfied with the way democracy is working in Liberia, while 6% said they are very satisfied with the way democracy is working. 19% are not satisfied with the way democracy is working in the country, 1% said they don’t know.
Meanwhile, 85% of the respondents said they have not attended any meeting organized by a government official while 13% have attended a meeting organized by a government official and 2% don’t know.
44% of respondents rated their lawmakers’ performance as poor, 30% rated their lawmaker’s performance as fair and 25% rated lawmakers’ performance as good, while 1% said they don’t know.
86% of respondents said they do not approve of the President appointing local leaders or chiefs in their districts while 11% said they approve the president appointing local leaders. 3% of the respondents said they don’t know.
The Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) is rated as the most trusted security agency in Liberia. 61% of the respondents said they trust the AFL, 32% said they fairly trust the AFL, while 4% don’t trust and 3% said they don’t know. 46% of respondents said they trust the Liberia National Police 29% said they fairly trust the LNP while 25% said they don’t trust the police.
21% of the respondents said they trust the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS), 53% of the respondents said they fairly trust the LIS and 26% of the respondents don’t trust the LIS. The Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is the least trusted security agency in Liberia, with 72% of respondents saying they don’t trust the DEA, while 18% fairly trust the DEA and 10% trust the DEA.
Generally, the survey has also rated government performance in handling the economy, job creation, improving living standard of Liberians and improving health services as poor. Keeping prices stable and fighting corruption was graded as very poor. However, addressing educational needs of citizens, addressing infrastructural development/roads, addressing youth and women’s needs were rated as fair.
While the districts varied in their perspectives of what are the most important problems facing the country and what government should prioritize, the respondents generally identified the national economy as priority number one that the government must address, followed by education, healthcare, infrastructure development/roads and unemployment.
Meanwhile, the Executive Director of the NAYMOTE Partners for Democratic Development, Eddie Jarwolo, in the report clarified that the results of this survey reflect the perception of the respondents. It has no views, choices or perception of the enumerators and the management of his organization.
“This is simply an exercise organized to assess citizens’ perception on the quality of governance in Liberia,” he said. His institution strongly believes that this report will help strengthen democratic governance and public service in Liberia.
NAYMOTE was established in 2001 by student leaders and activists and has been one of the leading national institutions promoting democratic governance, peace building and civic engagement in Liberia. The institution is a member of the World Movement for Democracy, the World Youth Movement for Democracy, the African Movement for Democracy and the National Civil Society Council of Liberia.
The survey was undertaken with technical support from the Center for Democratic Governance through a grant support from the National Endowment for Democracy.