Opposition Leader and General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party, Bharrat Jagdeo, today dismissed the findings of an APNU+AFC commissioned poll by the Barbados based CADRES Organisation.
The Poll, which showed high approval ratings for President David Granger and low ratings for the PPP Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali, was described by Jagdeo as nothing more than a “fake poll”.
The poll was conducted in February across the country. The Opposition Leader said he does not understand why the coalition would allow a poll for internal party studies to be made public, but he added that he is not impressed by the findings, especially when it comes to the approval ratings for the President.
“This so called high approval ratings for President Granger may come from people who might vote for the PPP Civic and I suspect that the polls will not only speak about President Granger’s approval”, he said.
Jagdeo lambasted the poll’s questions about the likability of the Presidential candidates for the next elections and said if the poll were to question people about the President keeping promises, “he would get zero”.
The Opposition Leader said he would be more concerned about what the poll has to say about who wins the election rather than the personality of the candidates.
He said with such high approval ratings, as found by the CADRES poll, the President should have called elections immediately after the no-confidence vote and not challenge the outcome.
“If you believe you are so popular then call elections”, Mr. Jagdeo insisted.
He said a poll done for his party shows the PPP/Civic getting a “massive” victory at the next elections. However, Mr. Jagdeo said he would not release the PPP’s poll to the public as the party is using it for its own political work.
The poll conducted by CADRES found the two major parties in a close race heading into the next elections. While swing voters have indicated they would like to see a change in government, they also said they still preferred the Granger led coalition over the People’s Progressive Party.