An opinion poll conducted by the Liberia Holding Consortium (LHC) for its second time shows Vice President Joseph Boakai as the lead candidate, followed by the Coalition for Democratic Change’s (CDC) George Weah and Liberty Party’s Charles Brumskine from a list of eight candidates.
According to the Principal of the LHC, Abdullai Kamara, the eight candidates surveyed include current Vice President Joseph Boakai of the Unity Party; Senator George Weah of the Coalition of Democratic Change; Cllr. Charles Brumskine of Liberty Party; Benoni Urey of All Liberian Party; Alexander Cummings of the Alternative National Congress; Joseph Mills Jones of the Movement for Economic Empowerment; Prince Johnson of the Movement for Development and Reconstruction and Macdella Cooper of the Union of Liberian Democrat. “The results revealed that choices were made on the basis of the media coverage of the candidates, while Ms Cooper was included because as at now, she is the sole female candidate,” he said. Regarding the Unity Party and the Coalition of Democratic Change performance, the poll showed respondents choices as follows: Vice President Joseph Boakai received 176 of 484 perceptions as the best suitable for President for 2017, representing 36.36%, up from 29.45% in May. George Weah received 89 perceptions (18.38%), lower than the 22.18% reflected in May. Similarly, Charles Brumskine was approved by 13.22%, as reflected by 61 respondents. Other candidates include Alexander Cummings with 34 impressions (7.02%), Benoni Urey with 23 (4.75%), Joseph Mills Jones with 18 at 3.71% and Prince Johnson with 19 impressions (3.92%). “The lone female candidate MacDella Cooper got 4 votes, at 0.82%. A significant 63 respondents (13.01%) were yet undecided about their choice for president. The Liberia Holding Consortium presents the results of the second opinion poll designed purposely to inform the citizens' perception of the issues confronting the people of Liberia and their prospects for Elections 2017”. According to the LHC, the results represent a survey conducted in 19 centers in eight of Liberia's 15 counties. The geography considered the north, south, central, west and east of Liberia. Economic considerations for the localities included concession areas, commercial activities, academic environment, peril-urban and rural communities. The results furthered that the methodology of the survey targeted a manually arranged random sampling of 500 respondents. It was designed to cover a number of scenarios, including mainly populated areas, commercial communities, concessions, rural areas and municipalities. The LHC boss said that, working with Liberia’s population of 4.7million, a confidence level of 95 and a sample size of 500 works was done with a margin of error of 5%, adding “for a variety of reasons, the total number of responses received and processed was 484 – thus the sample space”. In addition, the Montserrado County samples generally covered Monrovia and its immediate environs, broken down into five broad residential or geographic districts. Nimba considered Ganta, Saclepea/Bahn and Tappita, while the Lofa samples were collected from the towns of Zorzor, Voinjama and Foya. The results explained that Grand Bassa covers the Buchanan and Compound One and their surroundings, while Bong survey was from two broad locations – Gbarnga area and Totota/Salala belt, while Margibi considered Kakata and Harbel. The polls also collected a list of possible law-makers and vice standard bearers that respondents find favorable per county of origin. The Liberia Holding Consortium (LHC) is a media and development enterprise that works on the intersects that hold Liberia together.