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ANN Constitutional Review Poll

1. Do you own a copy of the 1992 constitution?

Response Response
Percent Count

Yes 36.9% 450

No 63.1% 770

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2. Have you read all the chapters of the 1992 Constitution?

Response Response
Percent Count

Yes 18.7% 228

No 81.3% 992

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3. Have you read some of the chapters or parts of the 1992 Constitution?

Response Response
Percent Count

Yes 71.6% 873

No 28.4% 347

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4. How knowledegeable are you about the contents of the constitution?

Response Response
Percent Count

Extremely knowledgeable 6.9% 84

Knowledgeable 27.2% 332

Somewhat Knowledgeable 47.8% 583

Do not understand it all 18.1% 221

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5. Where do you read the 1992 Constitution?

Response Response
Percent Count

my personal copy 33.3% 406

online (e.g., Ghanaweb) 24.9% 304

borrow a friend's copy 17.1% 209

Not Applicable (I never read it) 24.7% 301

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6. Rate the effectiveness of the following Constitutional Organs in discharging its constitutional
functions over the last two decades?

Minimally Moderately Maximally Rating Response


Effective Effective Effective Average Count

16.6% 3.0% 3.4% 3.7% 3.7% 36.3% 4.9% 7.2% 6.6% 3.1% 11.5%
President 5.92 913
(152) (27) (31) (34) (34) (331) (45) (66) (60) (28) (105)

28.8% 7.0% 7.8% 6.0% 6.4% 26.4% 4.9% 4.7% 2.7% 1.3%
Parliament 3.9% (36) 4.34 913
(263) (64) (71) (55) (58) (241) (45) (43) (25) (12)

24.2% 5.8% 7.6% 9.1% 8.6% 24.3% 5.4% 4.5% 4.4% 2.8%
Judiciary 3.2% (29) 4.61 904
(219) (52) (69) (82) (78) (220) (49) (41) (40) (25)

14.9% 3.9% 6.6% 4.6% 5.9% 26.3% 8.6% 9.1% 6.8% 4.3%
Media 8.9% (79) 5.83 891
(133) (35) (59) (41) (53) (234) (77) (81) (61) (38)

20.9% 5.7% 7.9% 9.8% 10.5% 22.8% 8.3% 5.1% 3.7% 1.9%
National Media Commission 3.4% (31) 4.73 899
(188) (51) (71) (88) (94) (205) (75) (46) (33) (17)

Commission on Human Rights and 16.4% 6.9% 7.6% 6.9% 9.5% 26.4% 7.6% 5.9% 5.6% 3.3%
3.9% (35) 5.13 909
Administrative Justice (149) (63) (69) (63) (86) (240) (69) (54) (51) (30)

20.6% 6.2% 7.6% 9.1% 10.0% 25.5% 7.5% 6.1% 2.9% 1.2%
Auditor General 3.4% (31) 4.72 909
(187) (56) (69) (83) (91) (232) (68) (55) (26) (11)

25.0% 6.8% 9.8% 10.8% 12.0% 21.9% 5.5% 3.9% 2.0% 0.8%
Public Service Commission 1.6% (14) 4.15 897
(224) (61) (88) (97) (108) (196) (49) (35) (18) (7)

32.7% 6.4% 10.1% 9.7% 9.4% 17.5% 4.2% 4.6% 1.5% 1.5%
Council of State 2.2% (20) 3.87 904
(296) (58) (91) (88) (85) (158) (38) (42) (14) (14)

2.6% 3.4% 2.7% 3.1% 19.9% 5.8% 7.7% 14.0% 15.5% 18.6%
Electoral Commission 6.7% (60) 7.56 894
(23) (30) (24) (28) (178) (52) (69) (125) (139) (166)

15.7% 4.0% 6.1% 7.2% 7.4% 27.6% 8.6% 8.4% 5.5% 4.0%
Political Parties 5.4% (48) 5.50 883
(139) (35) (54) (64) (65) (244) (76) (74) (49) (35)

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17.9% 5.1% 8.9% 8.0% 8.5% 25.1% 6.8% 8.0% 5.0% 2.7%
National Security Council 4.1% (37) 5.08 901
(161) (46) (80) (72) (77) (226) (61) (72) (45) (24)

National Development and Planning 31.3% 8.4% 11.4% 8.8% 11.4% 16.2% 5.7% 2.6% 1.8% 1.0%
1.6% (14) 3.75 896
Commission (280) (75) (102) (79) (102) (145) (51) (23) (16) (9)

20.5% 6.0% 9.0% 9.4% 11.6% 22.2% 6.9% 5.2% 3.5% 2.7%
Statistical Service 2.9% (26) 4.69 896
(184) (54) (81) (84) (104) (199) (62) (47) (31) (24)

28.4% 8.8% 9.9% 7.4% 10.2% 20.4% 4.3% 4.5% 1.7% 1.6%
Police Service 2.8% (25) 4.07 888
(252) (78) (88) (66) (91) (181) (38) (40) (15) (14)

13.2% 4.3% 5.6% 7.0% 7.5% 24.3% 7.6% 7.8% 7.5% 6.0%
Ghana Armed Forces 9.3% (82) 5.94 885
(117) (38) (50) (62) (66) (215) (67) (69) (66) (53)

24.2% 6.2% 9.0% 9.6% 10.4% 21.4% 6.2% 5.8% 2.4% 2.1%
Prison Service 2.9% (25) 4.45 877
(212) (54) (79) (84) (91) (188) (54) (51) (21) (18)

National Committee on Civic 28.7% 7.0% 10.6% 9.9% 10.7% 18.1% 5.5% 3.5% 1.7% 1.9%
2.3% (21) 4.03 895
Education (257) (63) (95) (89) (96) (162) (49) (31) (15) (17)

25.6% 7.6% 8.8% 12.6% 10.0% 18.5% 6.2% 4.3% 2.5% 1.7%
District Assemblies 2.1% (19) 4.20 902
(231) (69) (79) (114) (90) (167) (56) (39) (23) (15)

31.0% 8.2% 10.0% 9.6% 10.9% 16.7% 5.6% 2.4% 2.8% 0.9%
District Chief Executives 1.9% (17) 3.84 898
(278) (74) (90) (86) (98) (150) (50) (22) (25) (8)

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7. How long should the President serve in a given term?

Response Response
Percent Count

4 years 70.6% 636

5 years 25.9% 233

6 years 3.6% 32

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8. In your opinion, does the President have excessive power?

Response Response
Percent Count

Yes 60.9% 549

No 39.1% 352

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9. Should the Attorney General's position be seperated from the Minister of Justice?

Response Response
Percent Count

Yes 79.0% 712

No 21.0% 189

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10. Should majority of ministers be appointed from parliament (assume that such appointees will still
serve as an MP)?

Response Response
Percent Count

Yes 17.4% 157

no 82.6% 744

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11. Should dual citizens be disqualified from serving as Ministers?

Response Response
Percent Count

yes 36.7% 331

No 63.3% 570

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12. Should any ministers be appointed from Parliament (assume such appointees continue to serve
as MPs)?

Response Response
Percent Count

Yes 41.8% 377

No 58.2% 524

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13. Should a ceiling be placed on the number of ministers?

Response Response
Percent Count

Yes 84.2% 759

No 15.8% 142

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14. If a ceiling were to be placed on the number of ministers, what should the ceiling be (exclude
the 10 regional ministers and do not include deputy ministers)?

Response Response
Percent Count

no more than 10 21.0% 189

more than 10 but no more than


40.0% 360
20

more than 20 but no more than 30 20.5% 185

more than 30 but no more than 40 12.3% 111

between 40 and 100 6.2% 56

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15. If a ceiling were to be placed on the number of deputy ministers, what should the ceiling be
(exclude the 10 deputy regional ministers)?

Response Response
Percent Count

no more than 10 23.8% 214

more than 10 but no more than


37.4% 337
20

more than 20 but no more than 30 21.2% 191

more than 30 but no more than 40 11.7% 105

between 40 and 100 6.0% 54

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16. Should a Parliamentary Candidate hail from the Constituency that he seeks to serve as an MP?

Response Response
Percent Count

Yes 63.1% 537

No 36.9% 314

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17. Should a Parliamentary Candidate reside in the Constituency that he seeks to serve as an MP?

Response Response
Percent Count

Yes 77.1% 656

No 22.9% 195

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18. Should there be a minimum residency requirement for Parliamentary Candidates who are
seeking to serve in a constituency?

Response Response
Percent Count

Yes 75.6% 643

No 24.4% 208

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19. Assume there is a minimum residency requirement for MPs, what should this requirement be

Response Response
Percent Count

Must be living in the constituency


13.0% 107
at the time that he is elected

Must be living in the constituency


at the time that he files his 10.4% 86
nomination

Must have lived in the constituency


at least 3 months prior to filing his 8.1% 67
nomination

Must have lived in the constituency


no less than 6 months prior to filing 8.3% 68
his nomination

Must have lived in the constituency


between 6 and 12 months prior to 16.1% 133
filing his nomination

Must have lived in the constituency


between 12 and 24 months prior to 13.7% 113
filing his nomination

Must have lived in the


constituency at least 24 months 30.3% 250
prior to filing his nomination

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20. Should dual citizens be disqualified from running as members of Parliament?

Response Response
Percent Count

yes 31.3% 266

No 68.7% 585

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21. Should a ceiling be placed on the number of Members of Parliament (MPs)?

Response Response
Percent Count

Yes 75.6% 643

No 24.4% 208

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22. if a ceiling were to be placed on the number of members of Parliament, what should the ceiling
be?

Response Response
Percent Count

no more than 140 26.3% 224

more than 140 but no more than


12.1% 103
180

more than 180 but no more than


30.2% 257
230

more than 230 but no more than


25.0% 213
250

over 250 6.3% 54

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23. Assuming there ar no ceilings on the number of MPs, who should have the power to decide on
the number of MPs?

Response Response
Percent Count

Parliament 41.8% 356

Electoral Commisoner 44.7% 380

Chairman of NCCE 4.5% 38

CHRAJ Commissioner 3.6% 31

President 5.4% 46

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24. Do you believe the current Constitution allows an MP to initiate a Private Members Bill in
Parliament?

Response Response
Percent Count

Yes 41.8% 356

No 58.2% 495

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25. Should there be term limits on MPs?

Response Response
Percent Count

yes 57.9% 493

No 42.1% 358

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26. Assuming there is a term limit on MPs, what type of limits do you want to see?

Response Response
Percent Count

No more than 1 4 year term 26.0% 221

No more than 2 4 year term 24.4% 208

No more than 3 4 year term 18.8% 160

No more than 4 4 year term 8.8% 75

No more than 5 4 year term 22.0% 187

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27. Should a ceiling be placed on the number of Justices of the Supreme Court?

Response Response
Percent Count

Yes 90.8% 733

No 9.2% 74

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28. if a ceiling were to be placed on the number of Justices of the supreme Court, what should the
ceiling be?

Response Response
Percent Count

5 9.7% 78

7 19.8% 160

9 33.1% 267

11 21.3% 172

13 6.1% 49

15 10.0% 81

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29. Who should sit on cases before the Supreme Court?

Response Response
Percent Count

All justices of the Supreme Court 40.1% 324

A minimum of 5 justices as decided


24.0% 194
by the Chief Justice

A minimum of 5 justices as decided


25.3% 204
by a random process

All but 2 of the Justices of the


Supreme Court, as decided by the 3.5% 28
Chief Justice

All but 2 of the Justices of the


Supreme Court, as decided by a 7.1% 57
random process

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30. Should Supreme Court decisions be subject to review?

Response Response
Percent Count

Yes 56.1% 447

No 43.9% 350

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31. Should Regional Tribunals be removed from the court structure of Ghana?

Response Response
Percent Count

Yes 51.3% 414

No 48.7% 393

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32. A Justice of the Supreme Court or the Court of Appeal is required to retire on attaining the age
of 70 years. A Justice of the High Court or a Chairman of a Regional Tribunal is required to retire on
attaining the age of 65 years. Are these mandatory retirements necessary?

Response Response
Percent Count

Yes 68.0% 549

No 32.0% 258

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33. Assuming mandatory retirements are necessary, should the applicable age limits be the same for
all Constitutional Offices (e.g., CHRAJ Commissioner)?

Response Response
Percent Count

Yes 82.5% 666

No 17.5% 141

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34. Assuming mandatory retirements are necessary, what should the mandatory age be?

Response Response
Percent Count

65 to 67 34.3% 277

68 to 70 40.1% 324

70 to 75 25.5% 206

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35. How should District Chief Executives be selected?

Response Response
Percent Count

They should be elected by the


14.3% 115
members of the district assembly

They should be elected by


78.0% 627
registered voters in the district

They should be appointed by the


0.4% 3
Member of Parliament

They should be appointed by the


7.3% 59
President

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36. Should the death penalty be abolished?

Response Response
Percent Count

Yes 57.6% 463

No 42.4% 341

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37. According to the Constitution "The internal organisation of a political party shall conform to democratic
principles and its actions and purposes shall not contravene or be inconsistent with this constitution or
any other law." How would you rate the extent to which the following political parties' internal organization
conform to democratic principles?

Minimal Moderate Maximum Rating Response


Conformance Conformance Conformance Average

National Democratic Congress 4.5% 7.7% 6.6% 6.4% 5.9% 5.5% 4.2% 2.3%
23.8% (185) 27.5% (214) 5.4% (42) 4.86
(NDC) (35) (60) (51) (50) (46) (43) (33) (18)

3.0% 3.8% 3.9% 5.2% 8.4% 10.0% 9.6% 5.2%


National Patriotic Party (NPP) 11.7% (90) 28.2% (218) 11.1% (86) 6.39
(23) (29) (30) (40) (65) (77) (74) (40)

4.9% 7.4% 8.2% 10.7% 8.8% 5.7% 4.5% 2.0%


Peoples National Convention (PNC) 15.3% (116) 29.0% (220) 3.6% (27) 5.14
(37) (56) (62) (81) (67) (43) (34) (15)

4.5% 5.4% 6.6% 8.2% 7.6% 7.6% 5.7% 3.2%


Convention Peoples Party (CPP) 11.8% (90) 33.0% (251) 6.4% (49) 5.70
(34) (41) (50) (62) (58) (58) (43) (24)

6.8% 8.3% 9.4% 11.0% 5.1% 3.8% 3.2% 1.1%


Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) 24.9% (186) 24.5% (183) 1.9% (14) 4.29
(51) (62) (70) (82) (38) (28) (24) (8)

Every Ghanaian Living Everywhere 8.9% 10.1% 7.2% 8.5% 3.8% 3.2% 1.6% 1.3%
33.0% (246) 20.3% (151) 2.1% (16) 3.77
(EGLE) (66) (75) (54) (63) (28) (24) (12) (10)

Great Consolidated Popular Party 8.6% 10.9% 9.4% 8.2% 3.5% 2.4% 2.4% 1.5%
30.5% (227) 20.5% (153) 2.1% (16) 3.86
(GCPP) (64) (81) (70) (61) (26) (18) (18) (11)

8.9% 9.1% 9.5% 8.2% 3.6% 3.1% 1.6% 1.5%


Ghana National Party (GNP) 32.5% (242) 20.2% (150) 1.7% (13) 3.76
(66) (68) (71) (61) (27) (23) (12) (11)

9.6% 9.2% 8.6% 8.2% 3.6% 3.4% 2.2% 1.1%


National Reform Party (NRP) 32.3% (236) 20.0% (146) 1.9% (14) 3.78
(70) (67) (63) (60) (26) (25) (16) (8)

8.7% 8.4% 7.9% 7.4% 3.5% 2.6% 1.6% 1.5%


United Ghana Movement (UGM) 37.9% (278) 18.7% (137) 1.8% (13) 3.56
(64) (62) (58) (54) (26) (19) (12) (11)

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Ghana Democratic Republican 9.0% 9.2% 9.0% 7.6% 2.9% 2.7% 1.4% 1.5%
35.6% (262) 19.3% (142) 1.9% (14) 3.61
Party (GDRP) (66) (68) (66) (56) (21) (20) (10) (11)

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38. Should Political Parties be required to allow all their registered members to vote in their
elections of flagbearers?

Response Response
Percent Count

YES 64.3% 502

NO 35.7% 279

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39. Should Political Parties be required to allow all their registered members to vote in their
elections of national executives?

Response Response
Percent Count

YES 54.3% 424

NO 45.7% 357

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40. Should Political Parties be required to allow their registered members in various constituencies
to vote in their elections of Parliamentary Candidates?

Response Response
Percent Count

YES 79.8% 623

NO 20.2% 158

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41. Under the Constitution, CHRAJ has a mandate (a) to investigate corruption allegations; (b) cases
of human rights abuses; (c)conflict of interest cases by public officials in the discharge of their
duties. Is this mandate too broad?

Response Response
Percent Count

Yes 31.3% 239

No 68.7% 525

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42. Assuming it was decided to reduce the functions of CHRAJ, which function would you take away?

Response Response
Percent Count

The investigation of corruption


36.8% 281
allegations

The investigation of cases of


20.0% 153
human rights abuses

The investigation of conflict of


interest cases by public officials 43.2% 330
in the discharge of their duties.

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43. Should CHRAJ be able to initiate corruption allegation on its own?

Response Response
Percent Count

Yes 75.0% 573

No 25.0% 191

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44. Should CHRAJ have the power to prosecute current government officials?

Response Response
Percent Count

Yes 78.3% 598

No 21.7% 166

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45. Should a Prosecutor, not under the supervision of the Attorney General be appointed where it
becomes necessary to prosecute current government officials?

Response Response
Percent Count

Yes 83.9% 635

No 16.1% 122

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46. According to Section 34 (1) of the Transitional Provisions "No member of the Provisional National
Defence Council, Provisional National defence Council Secretary, or other appointees of the
Provisional National Defence Council shall be held liable either jointly or severally, for any act or
omission during the administration of the Provisional National Defence Council." Should this clause
be repealed?

Response Response
Percent Count

Yes 71.0% 530

No 29.0% 216

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47. According to Section 34 (2) of the Transitional Provisions "It is not lawful for any court or tribunal
to entertain any action or take any decision or make any order or grant any remedy or relief in any
proceedings instituted against the Government of Ghana or any person acting under the authority
of the Government of Ghana whether before or after the coming into force of this Constitution or
against any person or persons acting in concert or individually to assist or bring about the change
in Government which took place on the twenty-fourth day of February 1966 on the thirteenth day of
January, 1972, on the fourth day of June 1979 and on the thirty-first day of December 1981 in respect
of any act or omission relating to, or consequent upon - (a) the overthrow of the government in
power before the formation of the National Liberation council, the National Redemption Council, the
Supreme Military Council, the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council and the Provisional National
Defence Council; or (b) the suspension or a abrogation of the Constitutions of 1960, 1969 and 1979;
or (c) the establishment of the National Liberation Council, the National Redemption Council, the
Supreme Military Council which took office on the ninth day of October 1975, the Supreme Military
Council established on the fifth day of July 1978, the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council, or the
Provisional National Defence Council; or (d) the establishment of this Constitution. Should this
clause be repealed?

Response Response
Percent Count

Yes 65.3% 487

No 34.7% 259

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48. Should Chiefs be allowed to hold elected offices?

Response Response
Percent Count

Yes 21.2% 156

No 78.8% 580

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49. When is the best time for the country to hold general elections?

Response Response
Percent Count

3 months before the inaugration 40.8% 300

4 months before the inaugration 24.3% 179

2 months before the inaugration 34.9% 257

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50. Should Ghanaians abroad be allowed to vote overseas?

Response Response
Percent Count

Yes 75.8% 558

No 24.2% 178

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51. What is your Gender?

Response Response
Percent Count

Male 95.2% 701

Female 4.8% 35

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52. How old are you?

Response Response
Percent Count

18 to 30 years 9.9% 73

31 to 45 years 41.0% 302

46 to 60 years 39.1% 288

61 years and above 9.9% 73

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53. Please add any further comments.

Response
Count

424

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