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Wednesday, June 10, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
for 09TH JUNE, 2015
As Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar fends off accu-
sations from the US-indicted
Chaguanas West MP Jack
Warner that she has benefited
from his financial largesse over
the years, an H.H.B & Associ-
ates poll conducted three weeks
ago showed she had been post-
ing strong job and personal
approval ratings in the marginal
and critical Barataria/San Juan
She had a commanding 11 per
cent lead over Opposition Leader
Dr Keith Rowley, 41.8 per cent
to 30.6 per cent, when respon-
dents were asked who would
make the best prime minister.
Warner trailed with eight per
cent in a poll conducted before
the US Justice Department
announced his indictment and
the steady release of information
about the alleged misuse of funds
entrusted to him.
Some 29 per cent of those
polled "strongly approved" of
Persad-Bissessar s performance
as PM, compared to 25 per cent
When the number was com-
bined with those who "somewhat
approved," Rowley polled 53.6
per cent and the PM 54.3 per
She also led Rowley, 39.5 to
34.3 per cent, on the question of
who voters considered "accept-
able as prime minister," although
her negatives were also narrowly
higher, 41 per cent to 40 per cent,
among voters who rated the can-
didates "not acceptable."
When voters were asked about
the job and personal favourability
of the area s MP, Dr Fuad Khan,
one of the more high profile
members of the Cabinet, the
favourable numbers were even,
at 34 per cent.
However his unfavourables as
an MP were higher than as a per-
son, 48 to 42 per cent.
As with polls of other marginal
constituencies, voters lacked con-
fidence in any of the nation s
parties to resolve the big issues
facing the country.
Some 70 per cent said "none
of the above" to the question of
who would best tackle unem-
ployment, 69 per cent for rising
prices, 60 per cent for corruption
and 54 per cent for health care.
The voters were more confi-
dent in their ability to solve crime,
with an almost even number, 31.9
to 31.3 per cent favouring the
PNM over a combination of UNC
The combination led on "ris-
ing prices," 18 per cent to nine
per cent, trailed badly on cor-
ruption, 22.5 per cent to 9.8 per
cent, and were tied, in the voters
minds, on their ability to resolve
health care issues.
The voters of San
Juan/Barataria would appear to
be persuadable. The one thing
they strongly expressed to pollster
Louis Bertrand was intention to
vote, with 65.3 per cent declaring
themselves likely or very likely,
and 15.3 per cent unlikely or very
favours PP leader
Jack can get
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In a telephone interview yesterday, Basdeo
said current issues involving Warner and alle-
gations against the PM would impact the results.
"These polls represent a snapshot in time
but opinions can change with new informa-
tion," Basdeo said, adding the issues, including
criminal charges against Warner and ongoing
public statements from both Warner and the
People s Partnership members were very serious
"If a similar poll was conducted this or next
week, the results would change."
He said there was no way to know how the
news would affect voters.
He added: "The scenarios would change. We
can only speculate but the new info would have
"The central figure is Mr Warner. There could
be a sympathy vote for Warner... that eight per
cent could evaporate.
"There could be a decrease but if there is a
decrease, the question is where would those
votes go. The percentage decrease would result
in an increase for someone else, whether Dr
Rowley or the Prime Minister."
Another analyst, Dr Bishnu Ragoonath, had
a different view.
"The results of the poll may not necessarily
change but people may start to challenge Mr
Warner s credibility.
"It would not create any significant impact
on the ratings of the Prime Minister at this
time," Ragoonath said.
He added that whatever the polls said at the
moment only represented what was occurring
at that present time.
--- With reporting by Kalifa Clyne
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