Napo Leads Again In Another Survey

…As Suitable Choice To Face Opposition ‘Boot For Boot’

Even before the recent survey conducted by the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) could elapse, a new poll has put Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, popularly known as ‘Napo’ahead of others, as the most suitable choice to partner the New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, as his running mate.

The latest survey, conducted by Research Trust Ltd, led by Professor Smart Sarpong, an Associate Professor of Statistics at the Kumasi Technical University revealed, more than two-thirds of 2, 240 respondents, representing 70percent preferred Dr Opoku Prempeh.

It explained that, the reasons for respondents’ choice include, “the popularity and marketability of the candidate (81%), someone who could face the NDC boot for boot (78%), someone who understands grassroot politics (78%), and a known party faithful (71%)”.

The poll,which sampled views from party executives across all levels namely; polling station, constituency, regional, as well as national levels, perceive the Manhyia South lawmaker to be an ideal candidate, if the NPP wants to ‘break the 8’.

Following him was the Chief of Staff, Frema Osei Opare, who garnered 10percent, followed by Education Minister, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, with 9percent, whiles former Executive Director of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Henry Kwabena Kokofu, pulled 7percent.

Interestingly, other notable personalities such as Irene Naa Torshie Addo, the Common Fund Administrator, First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei Owusu, Agric Minister, Bryan Acheampong, Prof. Mrs. Rita Akosua Dickson, the Vice Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Chieftaincy Minister, Asamoah Boateng, did not get any positive result from respondents.

The survey, however, noted that, more than nine (9) in ten (10) executives in all the 16 regions, preferred the running mate to come from the Ashanti region.

According to Research Trust Ltd, data for this survey was collected over a period of three weeks, spanning from May 6th to May 26th, 2024, at the time the NPP flagbearer was making his campaign tour across the country.

This was conducted in all 16 regions of the country, with a total of 140 constituencies out of the 275 sampled for the study, representing about 52percent of all constituencies.

According the survey, “the number of sampled constituencies within a region was proportional to the total number of constituencies in that region, though some consideration was made for regions where the NPP has more votes in the 2016 and 2020 general elections”.

“That is, more constituencies were sampled in the Ashanti, Eastern, Greater Accra and Western relative to regions such as the North East and Ahafo regions for example. In each sampled constituency, the survey aimed at interviewing 4 constituency executives, giving a total of 560 constituency level data. In addition, four (4) random polling stations within the constituency were sampled”.

The researchers say, “In each sampled polling station, a total of three NPP polling station executives were randomly selected and interviewed. This gave a total of 720 polling station level interviews. An additional four (4) first-time voters (2 male and 2 female where possible) in each selected polling station were sampled to respond to the questions. That is, data from 960 first-time voters were collected as part of this survey. The total sample for our analysis was 2, 240 respondents”.


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