‘Weah Managed Economy ‘Fairly’ under 6 Months,’ Survey shows

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Release of Afrobarometer’s Round 7 data in Liberia, October 24, 2018

But 56% of Liberians approve of the President’s job performance; Afrobarometer Reveals

Twenty-four percent (24%) of one-third of the Liberian population have said the George M. Weah administration has performed “fairly” in managing the economy under six months of his administration, according to a survey by Afrobarometer.

In the same survey, Liberians have also rated the government poorly on economic management, but 10% of one-third of the population said the government performed very well.

Afrobarometer is a pan-African, non-partisan research network that conducts public attitude surveys on democracy, governance, economic conditions, and related issues in Africa. Six rounds of surveys were conducted in up to 37 Africans countries between 1999 and 2015, and Round 7 surveys are being completed in 2018. Afrobarometer conducts face-to-face interviews in the language of the respondent’s choice with nationally representative samples.

Led by the Khana Group, The Afrobarometer team in Liberia interviewed 1,200 adult Liberians in June 2018. A sample of this size yields country-level results with a margin of error of plus or minus (+/-) 3 percentage points at a 95% confidence level. Previous surveys have been conducted in Liberia in 2008, 2012, and 2015.

Most prioritized problems affecting Liberians

Formally released on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at a local resort in Monrovia, the new Afrobarometer survey — which made up the Afrobarometer Round 7 Data in Liberia — reveals that the Weah-led government ‘failed’ in the wake of chronic inflation and hike in prices of goods and services, during the period of the survey, between 19 June to 16 July 2018.

The Afrobarometer showed that 22% said the government failed to create jobs, while 12% said jobs were created; 17% said there was no improvement for the living standards of the poor, while 6% said there were improving living standards of the poor; and 16% said there was not enough food to eat, while 10% said the government was ensuring enough to eat.

The survey further showed that 56% of Liberians approve of President Geroge Weah’s overall job performance since he assumed office on January 22, 2018.

A majority of citizens say he is doing a good job on national security, domestic policy, and foreign policy issues, the survey suggests. Citizens give the government a passing grade on providing infrastructure and basic services but failing marks for its economic performance and efforts to address the country’s most important problems.

Meanwhile, three panelists, Cllr. Dr. Yarsuo Weh Dorliae, Cllr. Ruth Jappah and Augustus M. Zayzay supported the results of the Afrobarometer survey.

68% of Liberians want land ownership to be an exclusive right of a Liberian

According to Cllr. Dorliae, the well-founded fear still exists among Liberians regarding the citizenship and negro clauses in the Constitution. Cllr. Jappah, however, said the survey showed that while younger Liberians are disappointed in the President’s performance, the older ones are still patient.  She maintained that the government needs to resolve the issues concerning land for development and land for citizenship.

For his part, Mr. Zayzay said the research is a spillage for the former Government’s performance, bad or good, and the President’s passing grade is because of his resounding message.

The political leader of the United People’s Party (UPP), Mr. Macdonald Wento, said Liberians are afraid and weak to invest and compete with ‘white businessmen’, so, “for that reason we are afraid to make them citizens.”

Earlier, Mr. Daniel Armah-Attoh gave a general overview of  Afrobarometer Africa and stressed the importance of ‘Afrobarometer Round 7 Data in Liberia.’

The former Assistant Minister for Vocational and Technical Training and Managing Researcher for the Center for Policy Action and Research (CePAR), Boakia Jaleiba, hailed the Afrobarometer survey and said the current passing grade is encouraging.

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