Vice President Joseph N Boakai popularity appears to be shrinking among voters here, at least according to a fresh opinion poll which places him third after soccer legend George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change or CDC and Charles Walker Brumskine of the Liberty Party or LP respectively.
According to the poll conducted by the International Political Polls or IPP, Weah of the CDC is first with 24.73%, Brumskine LP in second with 23.49%, and Boakai of the UP in third with 21.74%.
The difference between first place and second place is minor (only 1.24%), and within the polls 1.5% margin of error, the IPP said in a release issued Wednesday August 23.
The pollsters said out of the more than 20 presidential candidates lining up for this year’s October 10 presidential and legislative elections, Weah, Brumskine, Boakai and Alexander Cummings of the Alternative National Congress are the four leading candidates respectively.
Previous polls have placed Boakai ahead slightly, with Weah and Brumskine coming second and third respectively. UP supporters who have hailed these previous polls placing their candidate ahead and heavily publicized with screaming banner headlines in several local dailies, took to the social media Wednesday describing the latest poll as fake and only intended to project certain candidates as strong on paper.
Some went on further to discredit media outlets that have published the latest poll which shows that their candidate popularity is in a continues nose dive, thanks to the infighting and internal bickering that have plagued the beleaguered ruling establishment.
The poll conducted by a group calling itself International Political Polls or IPP and released in mid-week also reported that over 600,000 Liberian voters are still undecided.
IPP also noted in its poll that there are over 600,000 Liberian voters who are yet to decide who they will be casting their votes for. There are 2,183,683 registered voters according to the Liberian National Elections Commission or “NEC”.
2. Expected Results according to counties.
3. Key Issues in Liberia – A graph showcasing the most important issues debated in the upcoming elections.
4. Leading candidates – The top 6 candidates leading in the latest poll.
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By Othello B. Garblah