The findings of an opinion survey being conducted by the North American Caribbean Teachers Association (NACTA) shows the approval rating of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has remained resilient four years after her victory.
The poll also showed that Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley’s approval ratings have been climbing.
But the NACTA findings also showed the ruling People’s Partnership Government struggling to retain its political support from 2010 when it comprehensively defeated the PNM.
“Although the PP has slipped, the PM’s approval rating remains relatively strong,” NACTA said.
However, since 2010, the PNM has been rebuilding under Dr Rowley whose leadership is now widely endorsed by PNM supporters following his landslide victory in the party’s leadership contest a week ago, the group added.
With regard to Persad-Bissessar, NACTA said: “While (her) popularity suffered over the last few years as a result of several unforced errors, the PM’s popularity has been on the mend in recent months as a result of positive response from the population of the tough actions she took to discipline errant ministers and chairs and CEOs of government corporations and members of several boards.”
The PM’s popularity was 25 per cent higher than Dr Rowley’s in June 2010 and now she is “marginally ahead (a statistical dead heat) suggesting a tough election battle lies ahead”, NACTA added.