Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 8th 2015 Contents A12
Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt March 8, 2015
It s one of the biggest headaches
citizens have been facing on the
nation s roads for years.
On any given day, thousands of
motorists on their way to or from
work, school or personal business
are caught in gridlocks, which cre-
ates stress, frustration and some-
times road rage.
Hours spent in bottlenecks often
result in low productivity, noise
pollution, loss of quality time spent
with families and wear and tear on
With the increasing number of
vehicles using the road networks,
traffic jams are also experienced on
secondary roads and side streets
which serve as alternative routes.
The congestion is offen triggered
by a number of factors---which can
range from a non-functioning traffic
light, an accident, a heavy down-
pour or a police road block.
In a recent survey, respondents
were asked how satisfied they are
with the Government s manage-
ment of traffic.
The results showed there were
These were the findings of a T&T
Guardian poll conducted and super-
vised by Prof Derek Chadee, director
of the ANSA Mc AL Psychological
Research Centre, University of the
West Indies, St Augustine.
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 the survey was
to assess popular opinion on a
number of major issues.
Overall, the sample consisted of
35 per cent Afro-Trinidadians, 39
per cent Indo-Trinidadians, 25 per
cent mixed race citizens and one
per cent other groups.
Of the sample, 53 per cent were
The margin of error is plus or
minus four per cent.
With regard to the Government s
management of traffic, the majority
of respondents (59 per cent) were
not satisfied. Specifically, 15 per
cent reported that they were "totally
unsatisfied," 44 per cent "unsat-
isfied," 34 per cent "satisfied" and
two per cent "totally satisfied."
For the analyses that follow,
response categories "totally unsat-
isfied" and "unsatisfied" were re-
coded into a single category, "unsat-
isfied." Also, "totally satisfied" and
"satisfied" were re-coded into the
Analysing responses by ethnicity
showed that people of mixed race
and Afro-Trinidadians were most
likely to be "unsatisfied" with the
Government s management of traf-
fic. Specifically, 67 per cent of peo-
ple of mixed race, 66 per cent Afro-
Trinidadians and 48 per cent
Indo-Trinidadians stated that they
Also responding with "satisfied"
were 48 per cent Indo-Trinidadians,
28 per cent people of mixed race
and 28 per cent Afro-Trinidadians.
Analysing responses by sex
Traffic a major woe for citizens
TRINIDAD GUARDIAN OPINION POLL CONDUCTED BY ANSA MCAL PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH CENTRE, UWI
showed little difference in satisfaction
between males and females.
Specifically, 62 per cent female and
56 per cent male respondents were
Thirty-nine per cent of males and 33
per cent of females responded that they
were "satisfied" with Government s
management of traffic.
Analysing responses by education
revealed similar responses among people
of all educational backgrounds. Sixty-
three per cent of tertiary educated indi-
viduals, 62 per cent technical/vocational
and 57 per cent secondary and primary
educated respectively expressed that
they were "unsatisfied" with Govern-
ment s management of traffic.
Thirty-eight per cent of primary, 37
per cent secondary, 34 per cent tech-
nical/vocational and 34 per cent tertiary
educated persons answered "satisfied."
Totally unsatisfied-15 per cent
Unsatisfied- 44 per cent
Satisfied- 34 per cent
Totally satisfied-2 per cent
Don't know -5 per cent
A traffic jam along the Western Main Road, Cocorite, caused by the Guave Farmers'
protest walk from the Chaguaramas Convention Centre to the Waterfront, Port-of-
Spain, on Friday. PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
Too many cars
on the road
Plenty traffic in Maraval
and Santa Cruz
Not enough police
We don't see the
The new highway has eased
up some of the traffic
The traffic wardens have
helped to ease up the traffic
The traffic situation is 100
times much better than it was
All the new overpasses that
have been built have been
helpful in reducing the traffic
How satisfied are you with the Govt's management of traffic?
See Page A14
How satisfied are you
with the Government's
management of traffic?
How satisfied are you with the Government's
handling of traffic? (By ethnicity)
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