Crime is the leading concern among the population according to the findings of an opinion poll conducted by the North American Caribbean Teachers Association (NACTA).
The latest NACTA survey indicated that most people say crime transcends politics, urging consensus among politicians to take drastic measures to curb uncontrollable crime.
“The poll also finds significant disillusionment with the governance of the People’s Partnership hurting the approval rating of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar,” NACTA said.
“Also, some two thirds of those polled say the work of the Government is not being properly communicated to the nation impacting on the ratings of both the Government and the PM. Although (Persad-Bissessar’s) approval rating as PM is higher than that of the Government, it has declined significantly from what it was three years ago.”
“In contrast, Dr Keith Rowley’s approval rating as Opposition Leader has been steadily increasing over the last three years, making him a serious challenger to replace Persad-Bissessar as PM whenever the next general election is held,” NACTA said.
The findings of the poll were obtained from interviews with 490 respondents (44 per cent Indians, 37 per cent Africans, 18 per cent mixed and one per cent other) reflecting the demographics of the population.
There is a margin of error of four per cent.
The poll was co-ordinated by Vishnu Bisram.
Asked what was the most important problem confronting the nation, 83 per cent said crime. People also pointed to poor governance, corruption, high cost of living, housing shortage, health, unemployment ete, as issues the Government needs to address.
Asked if they were satisfied with the Government’s performance, 48 per cent said no with 31 per cent saying yes and 21 per cent offering a “neutral rating” or no opinion.
Asked if they approve of the performance of the Prime Minister, 44 per cent said yes with 37 per cent saying no and 19 per cent offering a neutral rating or no opinion.
Dr Keith Rowley’s approval rating for his performance as Opposition Leader is almost on par with Persad-Bissessar’s as PM – 43 per cent approving with 39 per cent disapproving and 18 per cent giving him a neutral rating or not offering an opinion, NACTA said.