By Pamela Eboh Awka
A global collective of Nigerian professionals (with diverse political persuasions) committed to good governance through superior values and public enlightenment has said that its survey has showed that the Labour Party, LP Presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi will win over seventy-three percent of the votes cast for the February 25 presidential election.
The group which goes by the acronym, TEIC conducted its survey of the major contenders, saying that its objective was solely to determine the impact of the top four presidential candidates on popular culture, public value systems, perceptions and emotions so far.
TEIC in a press release made available to NewsExpress on Friday said, “We did not set out to predict voting intentions in the forthcoming February elections. Our objective was solely to determine the impact of the top four presidential candidates on popular culture, public value systems, perceptions and emotions so far. You can call it a likeability test or a measure of the candidates’ emotional connection with the public.
“Voting intentions are an entirely different and more complex phenomenon. It is possible to like someone but not vote for them – if for instance they are considered inexperienced or otherwise unsuitable for a role. So, likeability may play a part in deciding who people ultimately decide to vote for, but it is not the only determinant of voting behavior.”
Speaking on a subheading, “Survey Question & Rationale, it said, “A single question was posed to all respondents in this survey: As a parent, which of these 4 Presidential candidates would you want your child to grow up as?
“It is assumed that Nigerian parents (as parents elsewhere) would want the best for their children. Therefore, they would want their children to grow into the personality of candidates who most closely approximate their perception of a role model.
“The question may also suggest, “pride in association”, “character dispositions” “compatible family values” or “sense of accomplishment” on the part of respondents.”
On Methodology & Data Gathering, the group said that the study was conducted using WhatsApp Poll.
It added WhatsApp Poll is a simple, digital, smartphone-based survey tool hosted by the WhatsApp messaging platform from Meta. It delivers instant, real-time results.
“Our question was posed on WhatsApp group platforms with exclusively adult Nigerian memberships.”