20.6 sq mi, some 65,773 people, on a string of islands in the middle of the atlantic. – Bermuda
Party support survey results
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The following is a completely unscientific 21 Square poll
What party do you support?
I’m a UBP supporter
I’m a swing voter who supports the party that best addresses the core issues of Bermuda
I can’t vote
I’m a PLP supporter
I don’t vote
Of 116 people who admitted to reading this blog by filling out a survey, nearly 46% consider themselves UBP supporters, 27% consider themselves swing voters not supporting either party, 22% can’t vote and 3% consider themselves PLP supporters.
Overall,91% of people said they don’t think the PLP presented clear and well thought out plans last election. Interestingly, 97% of swing voters held the same view while only 91% of UBP supporters thought the PLP’s plans weren’t clear.
Of the UBP in the 2003 election, overall 72% felt they did present clear and well thought out plans for our island. With PLP supporters being split at 50% and 58% of swing voters feeling the UBP’s plans were well thought out.
In the 2003 election, do you feel the PLP focused more on race than they did on issues?
Overall, 86% of respondents felt the PLP focused more on race than on issues in the 2003 election compared with 95% of respondents who felt the UBP focused more on the issues. Interestingly, none of the PLP supporters felt the PLP focused more on race than on issues while one felt that the UBP had. When asked about the 2007 election, 96% of those polled felt that the PLP would focus on race over issues while 96% also felt that the UBP would focus on issues instead of race.
When asked about party performance over the last four years, 95% of people we unsatisfied with how the PLP has performed in the role of leadership while 76% are unsatisfied with how the UBP has performed as opposition. Half of PLP supporters were unsatisfied with the PLP’s performance while all were unsatisfied with the UBP’s. Of swing voters, 94% were unsatisfied with the PLP and 87% were unsatisfied with the UBP. Of UBP supporters, 98% were unsatisfied with the PLP’s performance and only 40% were happy with the UBP’s.
Why do your support your party?
They best represent the issues most important to me
I don’t support a specific party
They represent my political ideologies
They represent my race
Of reasoning for party support, PLP supporters were divided evenly over issue representation and political ideologies. Of UBP supporters, 68% relied on issues, 30% relied on political ideologies and 2% or 1 individual admitted they supported the UBP based upon race.
How did you vote in 2003 and are you likely to vote for the 2007 election?
I voted UBP and will vote UBP
I can’t vote
I didn’t vote and will vote UBP
I voted PLP and will vote UBP
I voted PLP and will vote PLP
I didn’t vote and won’t be voting
I voted UBP and will vote PLP
I didn’t vote and will vote PLP
I voted UBP and won’t be voting
Of PLP supporters, 25% said they can’t vote while the rest voted PLP and will vote PLP in the 2007 election. Of UBP supporters, 78% will continue to vote UBP while 15% who didn’t vote in 2003 will be voting UBP. Swing voters prove interesting with 52% having voted UBP last election and having decided they will continue to do so next election. 24% didn’t vote and will vote UBP. 10% voted PLP and will be switching to vote for the UBP while 7% voted UBP and will be switching to vote PLP.
Who do you think will win the 2007 election?
When it came to predicting the outcome of the election, many people thought it would be too close to call. PLP supporters were 100% certain that the PLP would again be victorious while UBP supporters were a little less certain with 42% believing the UBP would win and 13% believing the PLP would win. Of those unable to vote, 39% believe the UBP will win whilt 19% believe the PLP will win. The majority of swing voters were unsure of the outcome with 32% believing the PLP would win and only 10% believing the UBP would win.
Thanks for your participation and please continue to do so in future surveys.