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Nacta poll puts Rowley in the lead

...but Indo supporters want Penny to win

 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.

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