A poll conducted by the North American Caribbean Teachers Association (Nacta) shows more people prefer incumbent Dr Keith Rowley over challenger Pennelope Beckles-Robinson in the People’s National Movement (PNM) leadership contest.
The poll queried supporters of all parties to get their views on whom they think will win the PNM leadership contest.
Some 52 per cent of the respondents felt Rowley will prevail, with only 34 per cent saying they thought Beckles-Robinson will triumph and 14 per cent had no response, Nacta said yesterday.
But when asked whom they prefer to win the leadership, it was a much closer contest, with Rowley leading Beckles-Robinson by only four per cent, which coincides with the margin of error of the poll, making it a statistical tie. Rowley leads 43 per cent to 39 per cent.
Some 18 per cent of the people did not offer a response.
“The findings show (Beckles-Robinson) draws much of her sup-
port from among Indo-Tri-
nidadians, with Indos overwhelmingly preferring her over Rowley,” Nacta said.
When the respondents were narrowed to only supporters (not necessarily party members) of the PNM, Rowley was preferred over Beckles-Robinson by 57 per cent to 30 per cent, with 13 per cent not offering a response.
Afro-Trinidadians overwhelmingly preferred Rowley over Beckles-Robinson. Nacta said.
Voters were also asked who among Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Rowley and Beckles-Robinson they felt could unite all of Trinidad and Tobago.
Persad-Bissessar got the nod from 45 per cent of respondents, Rowley 28 per cent, and Beckles-Robinson 16 per cent, with 11 per cent not offering a response, Nacta said.
The poll also asked if each of the three leaders could get much-needed cross-cultural support to win a general election.
Persad-Bissessar and Beckles-Robinson each got the endorsement of half the population, with Rowley trailing them with 39 per cent (with 44 per cent saying no and 17 per cent unsure) to win a general election.
The findings of the poll, conducted a couple of weeks ago, were obtained from interviews of 490 voters (44 per cent Indians, 37 per cent Africans, 18 per cent mixed and one per cent others, reflecting the demographics of the population), NACTA said.