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President George Manneh Weah;s government is being poorly rated by most Liberians for dismally managing the economic, but the President still enjoys massive approval since he assumed office in January 2018, according to survey by Afrobarometer.Afrobarometer is a pan-African series of national public attitude surveys on democracy, governance, and society.

The survey, conducted in collaboration with The Khana Group, was released here Wednesday, October 24, indicating that President Weah receives the highest approval ratings among political leaders in Liberia.

It notes that majority of citizens say he is doing a good job in areas of national security, domestic and foreign policy issues.“Citizens give the government a passing grade on providing infrastructure and basic services but failing marks for its economic performance and efforts to address the country’s most important problems,” the survey details.

According to Taa Wongbe, the survey was conducted in June, about the time that an alarming depreciation of the Liberian dollar resulted in price hikes and worsening economic conditions in the country.

56 percent of Liberians “approves” or “strongly approves” of President Weah’s job performance. His rating is the best among political leaders, followed by mayors, 47 percent and county superintendents, 44 percent, with senators receiving the lowest performance rating, 39 percent respectively.

Meanwhile, two-thirds of Liberians want the exclusive black citizenship law in the Constitution of Liberia maintained, against the President’s call for dual citizenship, the Afrobarometer survey also reveals. The same proportion says only Liberian citizens should be allowed to own land here.

President George Weah describes the current citizenship and land ownership laws as “unnecessary, racist, and inappropriate for the 21st century,” and advocated strongly for the Land Rights Act. The act, which was passed in September 2018, allows non-Liberian missionary, educational, and other benevolent institutions to own property as long as it is used for the purpose acquired.

The survey also found that a majority of Liberians would grant citizenship rights to persons born in Liberia of a Liberian parent and one non-Liberian parent as well as to persons from other countries who have worked in Liberia and want to stay, and to persons born in Liberia of two non-Liberian parents. The least deserving to be Liberian citizens, according to the respondents, are husbands of Liberian women and persons who wish to hold dual citizenship. The study also shows that majority perceive widespread discrimination against native Liberians, Muslims, and people of Congolese descent, Christians, and their own ethnic groups.

-Afrobarometer survey
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor–Editing by Jonathan Browne

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