World leading America-based research company, Gallup, has found that 72 percent Gambians, nearly three in four residents, approve of President Adama Barrow’s leadership. An even higher percentage (75%) is also confident in the honesty of the election process under the leadership of President Adama Barrow.
Along with the confidence they have in Barrow, Gambians show signs of hope that their living standards are getting better. Nearly two in three Gambians (65%) said their standard of living is getting better, the highest result among ECOWAS Countries that participated in the 2017 polls. The pioneer public opinion polls in the US, and the world by extension, released their findings on The Gambia on Tuesday, 7th August, 2018 in Washington, DC, US.
“The Gambia sits at a crossroads. In the first year of their president’s leadership, residents exhibit confidence in their new government and the democratic process that put it there,” the poll concluded.
The research organization observed that the government’s ”sound fiscal policy such as reducing debt and investing in irrigation and other commercial farming infrastructure in an effort to return farming to a viable backbone of The Gambian economy” is indeed paying dividend.
The outcome of the polls, however, suggests that the government must not rest in its laurels, and needs to augment economic improvement to continue to meet the expectations of the public.
The results of this poll are based on face-to-face interviews with 1,000 adults, aged 15 and older, and conducted in The Gambia between December 14 and 26, 2017.