[ 2012-04-27 ]
Flashback: President Obama and Mills during the former's visit to Ghana
Mills scores 57% in Gallup poll to beat Obama & Cameron
A poll conducted by US-based polling agency
Gallup, indicates a 57% approval rating and a 42%
disapproval rating for Ghana’s President, Prof.
John Evans Atta Mills.
President Mills’ approval rating was exactly the
same as that of South African President Jacob
Zumah, and similar to Mauritanian President
Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz, who had a 58% approval
rating and a 41% disapproval rating.
Mills’ 57% approval rating while higher than that
of US President Barak Obama and British Prime
Minister David Cameron, both of whom had a 50%
approval rating at the time of survey in 2011, is
however lower than the 79% he scored in a separate
survey by the Policy and Strategy Associates Inc
in March 2009.
The Gallup poll results which place President
Mills 24th in the list of 34 Presidents surveyed,
also paints a different picture from a recent East
African Magazine rating which selected him as one
of the four leading presidents on the African
In that release, the Ghanaian president scored
high marks for good governance as well as support
and respect for human rights and freedom of the
This latest release from Gallup, however, show a
lower approval rating for the president than a
number of his colleague presidents including
Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan, Togo’s Faure
Gnassingbe and Sierra Leone’s Ernest Bai Koroma
who scored 81%, 66% and 71% approval
According to a release on Gallup World, residents
in most of the 34 sub-Saharan African countries
Gallup surveyed in 2011 gave high marks to their
chief political executives, including residents in
Mali, where the president was ousted in a military
coup late last month.
Leaders in Burundi, Benin and Mali received the
highest ratings from their constituents, earning
approval from nearly nine in 10 residents.
Angola’s president received the lowest rating,
garnering approval from one in six residents, with
Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and Senegal’s Abdoulaye
Wade scoring low ratings of 36% and 30%
The data make clear that leadership approval and
tenure in the region are unrelated.
The report also found that Africans tend to rate
their Head of State’s performance more highly than
they rate that of the country’s leadership. This
suggests that in most cases, Africans
differentiate between the top leader’s actions and
those of the broader leadership.
However, in Angola, Ghana, Lesotho, Madagascar,
Malawi, Mozambique, Niger and South Africa,
approval ratings of the Head of Government are
virtually identical to those of the country
Source - Citifmonline
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