About a week ahead of crucial presidential and legislative elections in Liberia, latest national poll released by a local group has shown that the leading opposition candidate George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) is still ahead of other candidates across the country.
The poll released by FORSA showed Senator Weah in a commanding lead with 26.17%. Alexander Cummings of the Alternative National Congress, came second place with 20.17%.
He’s followed by the ruling party candidate Joseph Boakai in third place with 19. 38%.
Renowned Liberian Lawyer, Charles Brumskine of the Liberty Party slipped in fourth place with 12.33% while Nimba County Senator Prince Johnson finished rather terribly with 6.92%.
The report said Weah’s supporters were heavily concentrated in Montserrado County and other parts, where he received 219 of the 469 or 46.79% responses from voters registered in Montserrado County.
According to the report, this represents 69.74% of the total support for Mr. Weah, which according to the information, reflects glaring probability that he could emerge as winner in the upcoming elections scheduled for October 10, 2017
However, when disaggregated, the report added that majority of Weah’s supporters were young people between the ages of 18-32.
Interestingly, the report also showed a fascinating result for the ANC Standard Bearer, Alexander Cummings. It said Mr. Cummings report was spread across several areas as he received a significant support of the votes in Bomi (21.41%), Bong (25.19%), Grand Kru (365.36%), Lofa 24.13%, Maryland (57.14%) Montserrado County (14.54%) and other counties.
Across the Southeast, Cummings received 40.62% or 26 of the 64 total votes. The report also revealed that from the polling, Cummings’ supporters are mostly women across all ages and predominantly first time voters.
The report asserted that support for the Unity Party candidate was largely focused in four counties, where he received a significant percentage of his vote mainly registered in Bong (22.13%), Grand Bassa (28.15%), Lofa (62.06) and Montserrado County (13.67).
Regarding the ruling party candidate, the report added that support from Lofa and Montserrado Counties make up a 49.58% of Boakai’s total support nationally. The majority of Boakai supports were both male and female between the ages 33-49 and above.