Abuja, Nigeria. November 7th, 2023 – Ahead of the forthcoming Imo State Gubernatorial elections slated for November 11th, 2023, a new public opinion poll conducted by NOIPolls has favored the current governor of the state, His Excellency Governor Hope Uzodinma, candidate of the All-Progressives Congress (APC) to win the governorship race over Nneji Achonu, candidate of Labour Party. This pre-election poll result reveals a substantial 21 percent point gap between the two top candidates.
When asked who respondents will be voting for in the upcoming November 11th, 2023, governorship elections in Imo State, Uzodinma led the list of candidates with 26 percent, while the next candidate, Achonu Nneji had 5 percent. However, 37 percent of those polled are undecided as to their choice of candidate while 26 percent refused to disclose their choice candidates; and it is believed this significant proportion of voters would be critical in deciding who eventually wins the race.
Interestingly, the poll showed that 79 percent of the eligible voters in the state are registered to vote in the coming election, and 98 percent of this proportion disclosed that they have their permanent voters’ card (PVC); with 7 in 10 (70 percent) absolutely certain that they will cast their vote on 11th of November 2023.
In conclusion, this poll has clearly pitched Uzodinma as a top favorite in the November 11th governorship election given his substantial 21 percent point lead over Achonu. However, as party campaigns build up to the election day, the findings of this poll clearly suggest that the significant proportion of undecided voters (37 percent) and those who refused to disclose their choice candidates (26 percent) remain critical to determining who emerges victorious at the poll.
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The poll was conducted in the week commencing October 30th, 2023. It involved telephone interviews of a random state-wide sample in Imo State. 500 randomly selected phone-owning residents of the state aged 18 years and above, representing the three senatorial districts of the state, were interviewed. With a sample of this size, we can say with 95% confidence that the results obtained are statistically precise - within a range of plus or minus 4.65%. Of the 500 completed interviews, 50 percent were male and 50 percent female respondents. Samples for the poll were selected randomly for the senatorial districts in representation of the state’s population – Imo North (22 percent), Imo East (36 percent), and Imo West (42 percent). Also, 24 percent of respondents were aged between 18 and 35 years; 65 percent between 36 and 60 years; and 11 percent above 61 years. In terms of employment status of respondents, top 6 respondents are: Self-employed/Petty traders (36 percent), Businessmen/women (18 percent), Civil servants (15 percent), Professional workers (9 percent), Artisans (5 percent) and Unemployed (4 percent).
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