The predictability of the poll questions
THE EDITOR, Madam:
Historically, the pollster asks the same question of constituents. For example: “When an election is called, which party will you vote for?” The Jamaica Labour Party and People’s National Party have always been the options, saving for the brief stint of the National Democratic Movement. The people are tuned out and turned off from both parties, but the questions remain the same. Below are a few questions I would like the pollster to ask:
Before an election both parties usually present a manifesto that chronicles all the things they will do.
Have they delivered on promises made? If not, why not? Do they understand the real issue as it relates to the deepest concerns of their constituents?
Are they relevant and informed on the development of the community over which they are elected?
As elected members, should they reside in the community?
Why are manifestos not revisited, instead of making new ones every five years?
Why are garrisons still a part of the Jamaican landscape?
Do you believe that the Government is the servant of the people, and that each voter is responsible to see that they perform?
We cannot do without politics, but the ordinary people are the backbone/centrepiece of the system of governance.