Maiden Governance and Peace Poll launched in Ghana

Aug 2, 2014

Particpants of the launch of the maiden GaP Poll results (Photo credit: Bossman Owusu, UNDP in Ghana)

The findings of the first-ever Governance and Peace Poll (GaP Poll) in Ghana has been launched during a media briefing in Accra on Wednesday July 30th 2014.
Commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and its lead partners, and implemented by the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), the poll is a representative public opinion survey that serves as a mechanism to track the extent to which progress is being made in the areas of governance and peace as they relate to approved work plans under the United Nations Development Assistance Framework.

Presenting the key findings of the Gap Poll, Mr. Maxwell Agyei Ashon, a Research Officer at CDD-Ghana, indicated that the goal of the exercise is to provide timely, relevant data that will contribute to policy debate, interventions and advocacy as well as track progress between major surveys such as the Afrobarometer survey.
In all, 1,273 respondents were selected and interviewed through the telephone during the survey. Mr. Ashon said some of the key findings show that a significant number of Ghanaians do not trust the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to deliver on their core mandate.

The findings also show that more Ghanaians (60%) trust the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAG) than the law courts (53%), while 57% trust the Electoral Commission (57%) and 64% the National Peace Council. Even though 53% of the respondents trust the law courts, only 47% said they trust in the ability of the state to prosecute cases in the law courts.  A significant 45% did not trust the state at all or trusted them a little to prosecute cases.

In a country with few women in leadership position, the survey results show that 54% of Ghanaian were willing to accept a leadership role in a political party if offered them. However, 73% of the women interviewed said they were willing to accept a leadership role in a private sector organization while 70% indicated that they were willing to accept leadership role in a public sector organisation.

On the payment of bribe, the GaP Poll shows that a significant majority (80%) of respondents who reported having contacted a service provider in the past 12 months said they did not pay a bribe.  

Part of the findings also show that most Ghanaians do not contact duty bearers [Members of Parliament (84%), district assembly officials (79%), Unit Committee member (75%) and Assembly representative (68%)] to share their views on pertinent development issues.

This survey conducted in June 2014 involved the creation of a list of respondents who have agreed to be contacted regularly on matters relating to governance and peace.  These respondents were randomly selected using criteria of gender and region.  The poll is nationally representative, and has a margin of error of +/- 3%, at a 95% confidence interval.  

Mr Lawrence Lachmansingh, Peace and Governance Advisor at the UNDP reiterated that the data and findings generated from the GaP poll are meant to support the tracking of progress being made in the area of governance and peace. He said, UNDP and its implementing partners, where necessary, will use these findings to assist in the design of interventions necessary to address governance and peace challenges in Ghana.

Mr Gameli Kewuribe Hoedoafia, Research Fellow of IMCC who chaired the launch said this poll is the first of three surveys that will be conducted in 2014. He said the second GaP poll will be conducted in October and the findings will be shared with the public and other stakeholders in the field of governance and peace to support their work.

Partners in the implementation of the poll comprise UNDP, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), the National Peace Council (NPC) and the Inter-Ministerial Coordinating Committee on Decentralisation (IMCC), which also serves as Chair of the GaP Poll Technical Committee. The GaP Poll is being operationalized by the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD).  

For the full report and summary of this survey, click here

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