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Nigerians favour Strong Opposition

Abuja, Nigeria. December 8, 2010 –

As the tempo of political activities continues to surge in the run-up to the 2011 nationwide presidential and legislative elections, a significant proportion of Nigerians have expressed their preference for a strong opposition which can provide healthy competition for the dominant Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

This was one of the key findings from the December 2010 edition of the NOI Snap Poll, the leading non-partisan survey of political and socio-economic trends in Nigeria. In the survey, 61% or three out five of those polled indicated their support for opposition political parties to unite in order to provide a more effective opposition. However it also significant that more than one in three of those who answered questions said they are opposed to any such moves.

The poll also revealed that a healthy proportion of Nigerians – three out of four respondents or 75% of respondents – are aware of the number of political parties (62) in the country.

Survey Methods Respondents for the snap poll were randomly selected from a database of phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 and above, compiled by NOI Polls. 1,012 people took part in the telephone interviews from the 15th to 17th of November, 2010. For a sample of this size, we can say with 95% confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error is ±3 percentage points. The margin of error reflects the influence of data weighting. In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.


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