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PNP not fazed by JLP poll figures, says Robinson

Published:Thursday | October 19, 2017 | 5:10 PM

People’s National Party (PNP) general secretary Julian Robinson says the PNP is not fazed by the poll results put out by the Jamaica Labour Party showing Dr Norman Dunn leading in the South East St Mary constituency.

The JLP released the finding of an internal poll showing Dunn some 15 percentage points ahead of the PNP’s Dr Shane Alexis.

In a statement this afternoon, the JLP said the poll was conducted on Monday and Tuesday of this week by Caribbean Development Strategies with a sample size of 1,700 voters from the constituency.

The margin of error is plus or minus five percentage points.

Robinson has refused to say what the PNP’s internal polls are indicating.

But he says the PNP’s candidate, Dr Shane Alexis has been working in the constituency and the PNP is confident he’ll be able to retain the seat for the party.


PNP general secretary, Julian Robinson.

Dunn will face off with Alexis in the October 30 by-election.

The election became necessary following the death of PNP MP Dr Winston Green in August.

The JLP said the poll found that a majority of voters prefer their candidate to be of Jamaican citizenship.

Two weeks ago, it was revealed that Alexis is Canadian, although this would not bar him from being elected since he is a Commonwealth citizen.

The JLP said the poll also found that Prime Minister Andrew Holness maintains a 15 percentage point lead over Dr Peter Phillips in terms of the trust and confidence of constituents.

JLP General Secretary Dr Horace Chang says the numbers were expected based on the work that the party has done since it formed the Government more than a year ago.