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TRINIDAD GUARDIAN OPINION POLL CONDUCTED BY ANSA MCAL PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH CENTRE, UWI
In a recent survey, respondents
were asked how satisfied they were
with the Government s manage-
ment of the economy. Sixty per
cent of respondents indicated they
were not satisfied, 34 per cent
indicated they were satisfied, and
six per cent responded "Don t
These were the findings of a
T&T Guardian poll conducted and
supervised by Prof Derek Chadee,
director of the ANSA McAL Psy-
chological Research Centre, Uni-
versity of the West Indies, St
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 num-
ber 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 sam-
ple, 53 per cent were females.
The margin of error is plus or
minus four per cent.
Sixty per cent of respondents
indicated that they were not sat-
isfied with the Government s man-
agement of the economy. Precisely,
16 per cent reported that they were
"totally unsatisfied," 44 per cent
"unsatisfied," 31 per cent "satis-
fied," and three per cent "totally
For the analyses that follow,
response categories "totally unsat-
isfied" and "unsatisfied" were re-
coded into a single category,
"unsatisfied." "Totally satisfied"
and "satisfied" were re-coded into the
Analysing responses by ethnicity
showed that Afro-Trinidadians were
most likely to be "unsatisfied" and
Indo-Trinidadians most likely to be
Only 34 per cent satisfied with
Govt's handling of the economy
In an address to the nation in January, Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar assured citizens that the People s Partnership
Government would guide T&T safely through the turbulent eco-
Persad-Bissessar gave the commitment while addressing the
nation on the state of the economy, in the light of growing tur-
bulence in the global energy sector and the impact of lower oil
Since assuming office in 2010, Persad-Bissessar said, her Gov-
ernment had reversed economic decline, brought stability, and
restored confidence in the economy.
The PM said the challenges experienced in the economy tested
our reforms, strength and resilience, and she gave the assurance
that her Government would bring T&T safely through.
Further, the macroeconomic indicators by which we measure
our economic strength as a regional leader and global player are
far better than those we inherited in 2010, Persad-Bissessar said,
and our unemployment remained historically low at 3.6 per cent.
At the end of December 2014, Persad-Bissessar said, our foreign
reserves stood at $73 billion.
She said the Heritage and Stabilisation Fund stood at $35 billion
and new investment in the energy sector was projected in 2015 to
be well over $2 billion.
Persad-Bissessar also stated that last December, Standard and
Poor s reaffirmed T&T s "A" credit rating, with a stable outlook
for the economy.
In moving forward, Persad-Bissessar said, there were areas in
which the Government must redirect its spending in order to
manage the present state of the economy.
Totally unsatisfied 16 per cent
44 per cent
31 per cent
Totally satisfied 3 per cent
6 per cent
How satisfied are you with the Government's management of the economy?
How satisfied are you with
the Government's management
of the economy?
How satisfied are you with the Government's management
of the economy? (by education)
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