The latest Afrobarometer Report has revealed that 82 percent of Ghanaians believe that the country is headed in the wrong direction, whereas 58 percent think the country is already in a very bad state.
Afrobarometer is a pan-African, non-partisan research network that conducts public attitude surveys on democracy, governance, economic conditions and related issues in more than 35 countries in Africa.
Between 1,200 and 2,400 respondents were interviewed in the language of the respondent’s choice between 2014 and 2015.
18 percent of the respondents, choosing from a range of issues including unemployment, poverty, access to water and electricity, said prudent economic management was Ghana’s greatest challenge, with 49 percent saying the current government is badly managing the economy.
Meanwhile, 64 percent of the respondents thought that corruption has increased.
Even though government has always insisted on leading a successful fight against corruption in public life, 37 percent of the respondents thought that the opposition party(ies) would do a better job at combating corruption.
The report may be worrying to the government with its insistence that it is successfully fighting and reducing corruption within the public sector.
The report also said 20 percent of Ghanaians do not believe in the capability of the political system to fight corruption.