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In a week in which the economy loomed
large, and the parties exchanged rhetorical
fire over the Moody s credit ratings down-
grade, an H.H.B & Associates poll for
Guardian Media Limited has found that the
majority of voters in San Fernando West
are gloomy to uncertain about T&T s eco-
The greatest share of people polled (46
per cent) felt that "the worst was yet to
come," 30 per cent felt that "the worst was
behind us" and 24 per cent were uncertain.
During a United National Congress Mon-
day Night Forum in Guaico, Sangre Grande,
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was
defiant in response to Moody s concerns
about the Government s persistent deficits,
a finding seized on by People s National
Movement leader Dr Keith Rowley, saying
they would continue their development plan.
Communications Minister Vasant Bharath,
meanwhile, said: "This Government handled
(the economy) prudently. It means that we
have taken your ideas on board, we have lis-
tened to you, understanding your needs and
spending according to what your require-
But the results of the poll suggests the
majority of constituents in San Fernando
West (SFW) remain uncomfortable about
T&T economic future, especially with oil
prices continuing to remain at low levels.
As was the case in last week s poll in Tuna-
puna, voters in SFW also show a lack of
enthusiasm for either leader of the two main
Persad-Bissessar and Rowley were statis-
tically even (30 to 29 respectively) when
voters were asked the question who is
"acceptable as prime minister," but when
pushed on choosing a leader, asked who they
consider "acceptable with reservations,"
Rowley pulled ahead by six percentage points
(30 to 24).
Jack Warner (60 per cent) and David Abdu-
lah (77 per cent) had high disapproval ratings
but surprisingly 30 per cent chose Warner
as "acceptable with reservations."
In on job approval, that is approval of the
performance of Persad-Bissessar as Prime
Minister and Rowley as Leader of the Oppo-
sition, Rowley (58 per cent) has moved ahead
of Persad-Bissessar (49 per cent).
It was a second straight week of dismal
job approval and personal approval numbers
for the Prime Minister, with the San Fernando
West findings mirroring those of Tunapuna.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is trailing
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley in approval
rating among constituents of the marginal San
Fernando West, according to the latest poll con-
ducted last week by Louis Bertrand of H.H.B &
Associates Limited. Some 300 adults were polled
in face-to-face interviews.
The poll was commissioned by the Guardian Media
Ltd and is expected to be conducted in eight marginal
seats in preparation for the 2015 general election due
no later than September 17.
In the first poll released on the Tunapuna con-
stituency last week Persad-Bissessar and Rowley
were close but in the latest poll, conducted last week
in San Fernando West, Rowley, who received an
approval rating from 58 per cent of those polled
"moved ahead of Kamla Persad-Bissessar in terms
of approval in the constituency of San Fernando
West." The PM received a 49 per cent approval rating.
Bertrand s poll said Persad-Bissessar s acceptability
as Prime Minister stood at 30 per cent, which "is
almost identical with the acceptability of Rowley as
Prime Minister." He got 29 per cent. It also showed
that "30 per cent find Rowley acceptable with reser-
vations as compared to 24 per cent for Persad-
Tunapuna and San Fernando West are currently
represented by Foreign Affairs Minister Winston
Dookeran and Public Administration Minister Carolyn
Seepersad-Bachan respectively. They are both from
the Congress of the People, which is one of the
member units of the People s Partnership coalition
led by Persad-Bissessar.
The poll found crime to be the "most critical
issue" for the people of San Fernando West, while
corruption ranked as the fourth most important.
Bertrand said one of the issues examined in the
poll was the issue of which party could solve the
major national issues.
It showed that the vast majority, 72 per cent of
those interviewed, "could not identify a party which
could solve the problem of corruption at the national
The poll revealed that "for the top issues identified,
crime was the only one where an identified political
party (PNM) exceeded the don t know category."
Dealing with the incumbent MP, the poll found
that 56 per cent of the constituents knew Seeper-
sad-Bachan as their MP. It added, however, that
"only 18 per cent have a favourable opinion of her
as an MP."
The poll showed that the major local issues affecting
constituents in San Fernando West were infrastruc-
ture, unemployment, crime, governance and rising
prices. The national issues affecting San Fernando
West in order of priority are crime, unemployment,
health care, corruption and rising prices.
Poll finds unease
Pollster Louis Bertrand said of his
methodology: "A stratified random
sample of 300 adults was selected
based on the polling divisions (PDs) in
the constituency. The PDs were
stratified based on the size of the
victory of the winning party."
Questionnaires were administered
face-to-face by the interviewers. The
margin of error was 4.5 per cent.
for 05TH MAY, 2015
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