Barbados (Mckoy’s News) – Barbados’ Former Prime Minister More Popular Than Current Leader: Even though he’s not in the running to be Barbados’ Prime Minister, former Prime Minister Owen Arthur is more popular than the country’s current leader, according to a recent poll.
The public opinion poll conducted by the Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES) on behalf of the Nation newspaper also found that the current opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) is also the people’s choice to run the country.
According to the poll conducted last weekend, the results of which were published yesterday in the Sunday Sun, support for Stuart and his ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) is at an all-time low.
Of the 1,060 people surveyed across all 30 constituencies, BLP leader Mia Mottley was the number one choice to lead the country, followed by Arthur with 18 per cent. Arthur, who served as prime minister for 14 years, resigned as a member of the BLP in 2014, but is serving the remainder of his term as an Independent Member of Parliament.
Only eight per cent of those surveyed said Stuart was the man who should be in charge – a mere one per cent more than Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo.
As far as the parties are concerned, 11 per cent of respondents said they would vote for the DLP, compared to 51 per cent for the BLP.
CADRES said support for the BLP comes from people who believe it is more suited to respond to the economic problems facing Barbados with as many as 81 per cent regarding it as “better equipped”, while the DLP’s support is based on enduring loyalty to the party.
“Currently, 71 per cent of Barbadians would like a change of Government, which is similar to the quantity of persons who believe that Barbados is on the wrong track . . . It should be noted that in 2008 when there was a change of Government the desire for change stood at 48 per cent, compared to 71 per cent currently,” the poll shows.
However, CADRES executive director Peter Wickham stressed that the survey was a mere snapshot, and factors which come into play over the coming months could impact positively or negatively on the results.
The pollster also noted that the survey being conducted so close to the May 30 Budget was “clearly a factor” that impacted on public opinion.
“However,” he assured, “this would not invalidate any assessment presented here in the context of this period of time.”
Contributed by Dr Colin O Jarrett