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TRINIDAD GUARDIAN OPINION POLL CONDUCTED BY ANSA MCAL PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH CENTRE, UWI
In the midst of a raging contro-
versy last week between Police
Complaints Authority Director
David West and then attorney gen-
eral Anand Ramlogan over witness
tampering, a fourth Cabinet
reshuffle mere months before the
next general election, and the fir-
ing of two People s Partnership
(PP) ministers, a recent poll has
shown that if a general election
were called now, Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar would be
the top choice for this country s
next PM over People s National
Movement (PNM) leader Dr Keith
However, the poll also revealed
that voters would support the PNM
over the UNC or PP Government
because the PNM was seen as the
most experienced party in exis-
While Persad-Bissessar was
credited with doing a good job and
trying to improve the lives of cit-
izens in the last 57 months, she
was given a thumbs down for lack
of leadership skills, not following
up on election promises, and failing
to be more assertive with her Cab-
Those polled felt Rowley could
achieve first world status and has
true courage and leadership.
These were some of the findings
in a Trinidad Guardian poll con-
ducted and supervised by Prof
Derek Chadee, director of the ANSA
McAL Psychological Research Cen-
tre, University of the West Indies,
The poll, a nationwide survey
held from January 29 to February
3, interviewed 507 respondents over
the age of 18 selected by a random
digit dialling method.
The intention of this survey was
to assess popular opinion on a
number of major issues.
Overall, the sample comprised
35 per cent Afro-Trinidadians, 39
per cent Indo-Trinidadians, 25 per
cent Mixed persons and one per
cent other groups. More than half
of the sample was female at 53 per
cent. The margin of error is plus
or minus four per cent.
A total of 34 per cent of the
respondents voted in favour of Per-
sad-Bissessar, while Rowley trailed
closely behind with 24 per cent.
Interestingly, 25 per cent were
Three per cent said they would
throw their support behind Trade
Minister Vasant Bharath, while
Independent Liberal Party leader
Jack Warner attained two per cent.
One per cent of the respondents
said they would give Prakash
Ramadhar, David Abdulah, Patrick
Manning and Penelope Beckles the
nod, while Stacy Roopnarine, Faris
Al-Rawi, Gary Griffith and Basdeo
Panday were given less than one
Eight per cent gave no answer.
The "undecided" group was
somewhat equally distributed with
37 per cent Afro-Trinidadians, 32
per cent Mixed and 30 per cent
The poll showed that females
were more likely to support Per-
sad-Bissessar than Rowley.
The poll also showed that of
those who supported Persad-
Bissessar, 21 per cent were aged 18
to 35, 16 per cent aged 36 to 50,
per cent aged 66 years and older
The age distribution of support
for Rowley was 25 per cent for those
aged 18 to 35, 19 per cent aged 36
24 per cent aged 66 years and older.
It was observed that the young
were more likely to be undecided.
When respondents were asked:
"If a general election were held today,
which political party would you vote
The PNM came out on top with
21 per cent.
Following closely behind was the
PP with 18 per cent, while the UNC
acquired 13 per cent.
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If a general election was held today, whom
would you support as Prime Minister?
Kamla still favourite for PM
Under the watchful eye of her security detail Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar greets patrons at Friday's
Heatwave Carnival All-Inclusive fete held at the Queen's Park Oval on Tragarete Road in Port-of-Spain.
PHOTO: SEAN NERO
When asked If a general elec-
tion were held today, whom
would you support as Prime
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