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Ghanaians bemoan economic conditions, say country is heading in the wrong direction, new Afrobarometer study shows

19 Jul 2022 Ghana
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Key findings
  • Almost nine out of 10 Ghanaians (87%) say the country is heading “in the wrong direction.” Only 11% see things going in the right direction, a 24 -percentage-point decline since 2019 (Figure 1).
  • 85% describe the country’s economic condition as “fairly bad” or “very bad,” up from 62% recorded in 2019.
  • 72% say their personal living conditions are “fairly bad” or “very bad,” compared to 58% three years ago.
  • Ghanaians are not very optimistic about the economy: Only 25% expect things to be better in 12 months’ time (Figure 3).
  • By large majorities, citizens say the government is performing “fairly badly” or “very badly” on keeping prices stable (94%), narrowing income gaps (92%), improving the living standards of the poor (85%), creating jobs (83%), and managing the economy (82%) (Figure 4).

Most Ghanaians say the country is heading in the wrong direction, a new Afrobarometer survey shows.

A large majority of citizens give unfavourable assessments of both their personal living conditions and the nation’s economic condition, and few are optimistic that things will improve during the coming year. Meanwhile, citizens’ ratings of the government’s performance on key economic issues are overwhelmingly negative.

Citizens’ gloomy outlook aligns with macro-level indicators on Ghana’s struggling economy in a difficult global environment. The country is seeking a bailout from the International Monetary Fund in hopes of stabilising the economy.