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Aug 12, 2015

BIDRG Releases Results of Political Survey

Still on politics….The results of a survey conducted exclusively online by a group calling themselves, the Belize Independent Development and Research Group (BIDRG) have been released and it’s causing a stir. The survey took place between August first and eighth, 2015 and is published by BIDRG on a website. The group says that further surveying will be carried out to check the pulse of the electorate as the next general election approaches. We will come to some of the results later, but first, we point out that one of the limitations of the survey which sticks out immediately is that it was carried out on social media, that is, Facebook and Whatsapp. It means therefore that it is not representative of the population and is rather a non-random sampling because not everyone countrywide has access to social media, others who polled may not be living in Belize and still yet, the eligibility of those who answered the survey cannot be verified as electors. Now, depending on how you look at it, the results present some rather interesting information such as that the majority of Belizeans, sixty-seven percent would vote in the upcoming general elections.  A majority, fifty-five percent, believes the country was going in the wrong direction, while twenty-seven percent believed it to be in the right direction.  Most persons, thirty-six percent,  surveyed indicated that the economy and cost of living are most important issues while the majority, twenty-nine percent, also indicated that there is still much corruption with elected officials.  More than half of those surveyed, fifty-five percent, would like to see a new Prime Minister at the helm.  As to whom they will vote for at the next upcoming election, there was just a gap of eight between the U.D.P. and the P.U.P.  That is with the U.D.P. at thirty-seven percent and the P.U.P. at twenty-nine.  One more thing, while we report on some results, we do so with caution because the BIDRG states it will not be making accessible any other data to substantiate results which also presents limitations to the survey.

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