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TRINIDAD GUARDIAN OPINION POLL CONDUCTED BY ANSA MCAL PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH CENTRE, UWI
country, 57 per cent were females
and 43 per cent males. For the
response "corruption," the ratio of
males to females was 53 per cent to
47 per cent respectively.
In the light of falling oil prices,
what should Government do
with social programmes?
Considering the falling oil prices,
over half of respondents stated that
the Government should leave social
Specifically, three per cent of
respondents said the Government
should "drastically reduce" such pro-
grammes, 28 per cent "reduce," 53
per cent "leave alone," eight per cent
"increase," one per cent "drastically
increase" and seven per cent "don t
The following analyses recoded
the categories "drastically reduce"
and "reduce" into a single category,
"reduce," as well as the categories
"increase" and "drastically increase"
into a single category "increase."
With regards to ethnicity, similar
responses were observed across
In particular, 32 per cent of Afro-
Trinidadians, 35 per cent of Indo-
Trinidadians, and 31 per cent of
Mixed race persons said "reduce."
Similarly, 59 per cent of Afro-
Trinidadians, 52 per cent of Indo-
Trinidadians and 61 per cent of
Mixed race persons indicated "leave
alone" and 12 per cent of Indo-
Trinidadians, nine per cent of Afro-
Trinidadians and eight per cent of
Mixed race persons thought Gov-
ernment should "increase" social
Analysis of responses by sex also
showed marginal differences between
male and female respondents on
what should be done with social
For instance, 33 per cent of male
respondents and 34 per cent of
female respondents stated that social
programmes should be "reduced,"
whereas 60 per cent of male respon-
dents and 54 per cent of female
respondents believed social pro-
grammes should be left alone. Sim-
ilarly, 12 per cent of females and
eight per cent of males indicated
that social programmes should be
There were marginal differences
across the educational levels, in par-
ticular, 30 per cent of those with
primary education, 37 per cent with
secondary, 27 per cent with techni-
cal/vocational and 34 per cent with
tertiary said "reduce".
Likewise, 60 per cent with pri-
mary education, 57 per cent with
secondary, 57 per cent with techni-
cal/vocational, and 55 per cent with
tertiary stated "leave alone."
Respondents who indicated that
Government should "increase" social
programmes due to falling oil prices
comprised ten per cent with primary
education, six per cent with sec-
ondary, 16 per cent with
technical/vocational and 12 per cent
Head of Fixin' T&T, Kirk Waithe, said
yesterday that whereas citizens had listed
crime as their biggest concern, it was a
known fact that white-collar crime was
given little attention.
"White-collar crime is what fuels blue-
collar crime, which is what citizens are
most fearful of. The tardiness of the Pris-
ongate investigation, the Life Sport inves-
tigation and the Ish Galbaransingh and
Steve Ferguson issue."
Waithe said there was too much corrup-
tion at the leadership level.
"It is not just Government. It is business
and also business leaders."
Waithe said he wanted to believe that
the survey was "quite accurate" but the
way white-collar crime and corruption had
been treated "it gives the perception that
there is no objective justice, meaning that,
there is one law for one set of people, and
another law for another set."
He said people were more concerned about
grabbing what they could. "So we have ban-
dits who use the pen and bandits who use
the gun. But the results are the same."
People and Social Development Minister
Christine Newallo-Hosein says when there
are cuts to any of the social programmes
it is usually the poorest of any society
that bear the brunt of the negative eco-
Newallo-Hosein said social programmes,
however, acted as a buffer in those times
because the poor were usually not able to
manage negative situations.
She said the Government through its
social programmes could reach out to help
children growing up during this fiscal era.
Newallo-Hosein said the Government
also assisted in this regard with the bio-
metric card being rolled out to help the
She said this would ensure that resources
were not abused and reached the targeted
Fixin' T&T: White-collar crime a problem
Poor bear the brunt of negative
Fixin' T&T head Kirk Waithe
People and Social Development Minister
53 per cent say leave
social programmes alone
What do you think is the major issue
facing the country today?
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In the light of falling oil prices, what
should Government do with social pro-
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