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Analyst says Bill Johnson poll results not surprising

Published:Monday | October 6, 2014 | 11:55 AM

Gareth Manning, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Political commentator and university lecturer Richard ‘Dicky’ Crawford says the results of the latest Gleaner-commissioned Bill Johnson poll are not surprising, given Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller's management style.




The poll showed a declining level of popularity for People's National Party (PNP) President and Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller who 73 per cent of Jamaicans say is taking the country in the wrong direction.



The survey also showed that only 26 per cent of Jamaicans believe that Simpson Miller would do a better job of leading the country at this time, compared to 46 per cent of Jamaicans who said the Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness is the better of the two leaders.



Crawford says this is because Simpson Miller has not been communicating with Jamaicans.



According to Crawford, the Prime Minister showed some awareness for the popular concerns in her address at the PNP Annual Conference last month.



However, he questioned whether her administration's efforts to inform the public about the benefits of the programme now are being influenced by upcoming local government elections in 2015.



He says the Portia Simpson Miller Government has been too immersed in the economic reform programme with the IMF while neglecting other pertinent issues that need to be addressed.



The poll has shown that the PNP still has a lot of work to do and Jamaicans will have a more positive outlook for the country in a short while.



Meanwhile, the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party says the results reflect what the party has been hearing and feeling among the masses.



Holness says while the PNP has been disconnected, the JLP has been looking out for the interest of the people and holding the Government accountable.



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