LAGOS: MORE than half of the Nigerian adult population believes political campaigns are not focusing on current issues in the country.
This is according to findings of a survey of NOIPolls Limited, the regional polling agency, which said the perception cuts across all regions.
According to NOIPOlls, 57 percent of the adult population believes the campaigns are not focusing on prevailing issues.
Nonetheless, residents of North-West zone maintained a different perspective as the majority in this region believes the campaigns of politicians are focused on addressing the present issues.
In line with this, NOIPOlls said, a significant proportion (48 percent) of Nigerians stated politicians should focus on addressing security in their campaigns to make meaningful impact.
Job creation and education were also considered as priority for focus among other areas.
More findings revealed that addressing the afore-mentioned issues would greatly influence the voting decisions of most Nigerians in the 2015 elections as reported by majority of the respondents (64 percent) surveyed. Furthermore, a view of the pressing issues in Nigeria demonstrates education (67%) as the most pressing national issue that needs to be tackled, followed by electricity (39 percent), infrastructure (38 percent), and water (34 percent), among others, even though Nigerians believe current campaigns should focus on security.
According to surveyors, elections in Nigeria generally witness the adoption of several competitive strategies by political parties and candidates to solicit the support and followership of citizens; one of which is through political campaigns.
The opinion poll was conducted last November.
It involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample.
A total of 1 500 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country were interviewed.
“With a sample of this size, we can say with 95 percent confidence that the results obtained are statistically precise – within a range of plus or minus 2,5 percent,” NOIPOlls Limited stated.
NOIPolls Limited, in a technical partnership with the United States’ Gallup Organisation , conducts periodic opinion polls and studies on various socio-economic and political issues in Nigeria.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY