Poll: Nearly half of electorate uninterested in PLP and FNM
The latest Public Domain poll has revealed that nearly half of Bahamians surveyed are not satisfied with the current government, nearly half do not want to vote for either of the two main political parties and there is a significant portion of the electorate considering a third party.
According to the poll, 47 percent of the 402 people contacted said they were either somewhat dissatisfied of very dissatisfied with the Ingraham adminstration.
Public Domain, a new Bahamian market research firm, conducted the telephone survey between February 16 and March 11 with Bahamians across the country. Public Domain president M’wale Rahming said yesterday that the sample size has a maximal margin of error of 4.9 percent.
According to the poll, 28 percent of respondents said if an election were called today they would vote for the Progressive Liberal Party(PLP); 25 percent said they would vote for the Free National Movement(FNM); 26 percent were undecided; and 21 percent said they are unhappy with both parties and would consider a third party.
“A winning strategy for the major parties would be to secure a coalition and convince third party-minded and undecided voters to support the party,” Public Domain said in the report released yesterday to the media.
When respondents were asked the likelihood of them voting for a third political party that presented a full slate of candidates, with a mix of veteran and new candidates, 32 percent of those polled said they would very likely vote for such a group. Another 25 percent said they would be somewhat likely; 11 percent said they would be not very likely; 21 percent said not likely at all; and 11 percent of respondents were unsure.
Public Domain, however, said respondents who said they would vote for an unbranded third party should not automatically be considered third party supporters.
“Third party voters should be considered disaffected voters. They are unhappy with both parties. Their identified third party affiliation does not mean they have or will vote for a third party,”said Public Domain.
The polling results were released as at least one third party prepares to roll out its slate of candidates.
Former Free National Movement(FNM) Cabinet minister Branville McCartney has formed the Democratic National Alliance(DNA).The Nassau Guardianunderstands that the party already has a constitution and it is preparing to register with the Parliamentary Registration Department. A DNA official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the party plans to run candidates in all 41 constituencies in the upcoming general election and it is almost done vetting about 20 candidates.
Public opinion on whether a third party would be viable has been split over the past weeks.
Rahming said their sample and data is much more accurate than a street poll, as a wider sample is captured through their automated call center.
According to Public Domain, the data was weighted by region, age and gender in order to represent the Bahamian adult population.
Rahming added that the sample is randomly taken from New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco and other islands.
The public opinion poll was conducted from Public Domain’s call center in New Providence, which is equipped with the latest computer assisted telephone interviewing technology, Rahming said.