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Jul 4, 2011

British firm’s poll shows 62% against nationalization

While Cardona abstained from the vote, there are results to a snap poll conducted over the past weekend by a British firm. A total of one hundred and fifty persons—eighty males and seventy females—participated in the survey and responded to nine statements ranging from the social state of the country to the nationalization of the company. The survey found that sixty-two percent of the participants were against the Telemedia takeover. Another statement on the survey was that “PM Barrow and the government are wrong to think that the laws of Belize do now apply to them.” Eighty percent of the respondents agreed while twenty percent disagreed. The social aspect of the poll included that “the most important issues for Belizeans are crime, jobs and the cost of living.” That is the only statement that one hundred percent of participants were in agreement with. The question of whether the Barrow administration is doing a good job only twenty-six point eight percent agreed while sixty-four percent disagreed. The pollsters say that the sample is fully representative of voters in a city of seventy thousand residents; that’s three times the amount required to have less than a five percent chance of error. The consultation company, Nick Hopewell-Smith and Associates, carried out the survey on behalf of the B.T.L. Employees Trust.

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3 Responses for “British firm’s poll shows 62% against nationalization”

  1. SP says:

    Me thinks that whoever is behind this poll is also falling into this P.U.P. bandwagon of disrepute for the government and hence, the country. Can’t everyone see that this is further destroying Belize’s credibility as a country and endangering the economy more and more. The people behind this own their businesses, gas stations, cable companies, TV stations, the only ones to suffer the outcome will be us: ‘the commoners”. Come on!! It’s time to stop this nonsense!! Yes, I agree it may be wrong what they are doing but heck, tell me who put them there?? They did not elect themselves.

  2. incredible says:

    Who payed for this poll again?

  3. BELIZEAN says:

    Sp and incredible, lemme poll u guys then..here goes:
    1. Do you think BTL and BEL, we’re taking over, the same BEL and BTL before they were privatized? I mean does the crisis entail companies that are cripple and falling to pieces?
    2. If GOB wins the nationalization disputes then, are we saying it’s right to take away what a man has invested in and improved, by his own knowledge of the industry?
    3. Wouldnt the argument that the companies are better ran under privatization outweigh, the public purpose argument? Isnt stable electricity supply and advanced telecommunications networks better for the public anyway?
    4. Would winning be sending a signal internationally that rights to investments, through your own know how and financial opportunity, is not secure in Belize? (Isnt rights a fundamental principle behind world peace? After all wouldnt we be at war with Guatemala if our own rights were not protected internationally too? Arent they claiming that we too are squatting on their property? Isnt the guatemala constitution including belize in their maps, how would we feel if they send police and the Guat army to take away our rights to move around freely, if we re disrespecting the law, why can’t they)
    5. Could the government have acheived what was acheived under privatization? Let me clarify, would Barrow and the UDP have the ability and finance to bring BEL and BTL up to the standards it is now if they were running this ship publicly from then?
    6. Can they maintain the standards and continue to follow in this track, of system improvements and development?
    7. Who’s paying for the litigations and profits of these companies and GOB’s initiatives?
    8. Does the commoners have the will or knowledge to decide and defend what is best for them?
    9. What is your, well thought out, opinion on the solution to this problem?

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