More than 83 percent of men and 72 percent of women (77 percent in total) said they would participate in the next presidential elections, according to the findings of a public opinion poll conducted by Percent Corporation for Polling Research. The poll was based on a random sample of 1,000 people in nine Yemeni governorates.
The majority of respondents are undecided about who will be the next president of Yemen. Some 33.4 percent said there is no right person they could select, while 18 percent said they would select the right person once the names of candidates are revealed.
Although the current President Abdu Rabou Mansour Hadi is supported by 68 percent of Yemenis for his performance over the second year in office, according to the survey results, while only 17 percent selected him when asked about who they favor to be the next President of Yemen. The rest of respondents were divided over many names, most prominently Ahmad Ali Abdullah Saleh (the ex-president’s son,) who was selected by 8.2 percent, followed by his father Ali Abdullah Saleh, and then Yasin Saeed Numan, who was selected by 4.4 percent.
Public approval of the performance of incumbent Prime Minister Mohammed Salim Ba-Sindowa has decreased – on the same index – from 48.3 percent in 2012 to 41 percent in 2013. As for the cabinet members, the Minister of Education has won the highest approval (although by no more than 13 percent,) followed by the Minister of Defense (9 percent.) A majority of the participants in the survey (35 percent) gave an “I don’t know” answer when asked about which minister whose performance they approve most.