Poll asks which party do you prefer to solve issues
But as all things go in Belize, politics eventually becomes the main course in any meal and so it is in the poll. Questions were raised about nationalization and whether you prefer P.U.P. or U.D.P. management on various topics. According to the poll, at the time he stepped down as Party Leader, Johnny Briceno was actually more popular than Dean Barrow. The poll said that Briceno had a forty-four point two percent favorability level while Barrow only had thirty-two point four percent. So if you believe its accuracy, Briceno stepped down when he could have been the next prime minister. But the pollster said that on many issues, there were at least thirty percent of the country who remained undecided, or as swing voters in the next elections.
Greg Strimple, American Pollster
“If you were asked today to vote for a political party to form Belize’s next government, who will you vote for? The U.D.P. or the P.U.P.? So I would call this a generic ballot. Twenty-seven percent said U.D.P.; thirty-three percent said the P.U.P. So the P.U.P. has a slight five point six lead kinda heading into the year, but thirty percent were undecided. And again that thirty-percent has the characteristics of a group that is clearly not wed to a party and is looking for whoever can best represent change reform and issues they care about most. Which political party do you believe is best described by the following? Will create jobs and grow the economy? Overall the P.U.P. has a fourteen, fifteen point lead on this—forty-two percent P.U.P.; twenty-six point nine percent U.D.P. but then when you look at the highlighted areas where folks are most concerned about the economy, jobs or whether they think the economy is getting better or worse, you can see where there is a real change between whether people think the economy is better; they think that the U.D.P. is better off on jobs and growing economy and whether you think it is worse they think that the P.U.P. better represents them on that. So that’s going to be a key issue heading into the year. Then crack down on crime. This one was interesting to me because there is such a big issue and it looks to me that neither parties define themselves on this issue; where either party can come out and stake a position to do things and grab a lot of voters attention. So thirty-one percent of the folks said P.U.P. was better on cracking down on crime and twenty-two and a half said the U.D.P. but then when you go and look at the people that were most interested in crime, it was basically one to one. So again I believe this is an issue where both parties can present plans to the voters and really get some reaction and traction with them as they move forward.”Email This Story