by Arthur Hall, Senior Staff Reporter
Almost 50 per cent of Jamaicans believe they are worse off today than they were in 2007 when the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) was elected to form the government.
But that has not stopped a large plurality of Jamaicans from seeing the JLP as the better party to manage the affairs of state at this time.
A just-concluded Gleaner-commissioned Bill Johnson has found that 41 per cent of Jamaicans believe the JLP would do the better job of governing the country at this time. Thirty-six per cent of Jamaicans believe the Portia Simpson Miller-led People's National Party (PNP) would do a better job, while 23 per cent are undecided.
The majority of the voters (55 per cent) also believe that JLP leader Andrew Holness deserves to be returned as prime minister after the votes are counted come December 29, while 30 per cent say someone else should get the job.
Of those who say "stick with Andrew", 27 per cent say they have adopted this position because he deserves a chance, 27 per cent say because he is young and 10 per cent admire him for what they say are his good ideas.
The voters who want to see the back of Holness include 24 per cent who say he lacks experience, 12 per cent who say he is too young, 11 per cent who claim he cannot be trusted and 11 per cent who argue that he is the same as former JLP leader Bruce Golding.
Holness also continues to lead Simpson Miller as the person voters believe would do a better job as prime minister in today's Jamaica.
Forty-four per cent of the respondents told the Gleaner-Johnson team they believe Holness would be the better head of government while 35 per cent said Simpson Miller.
The nine percentage point gap between the two is almost unchanged from when the pollster asked a similar question in October.
The latest Gleaner-Johnson poll was conducted on December 10 and 11 in all 63 constituencies. It has a sampling error of plus of minus three per cent and a sample size of 1,008.
Johnson will return to the streets to test the pulse of the nation on one more occasion before the December 29 general election.