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Government and Opposition react to latest opinion poll

by | Sep 22, 2014

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Kamla Persad-Bissessar

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has stated that she has done all she could in service to the people of Trinidad and Tobago and general elections next year will reveal whether or not it was enough.

She made the comments in response to the results of an exclusive poll-commissioned by the Trinidad Express Newspapers and conducted by data analysis firm Solution by Simulation (SBS).

The poll indicated that it would be close fight between the People’s Partnership and the People’s National Movement (PNM) if general elections were called now.

It revealed that if elections are held now, the People’s Partnership would get 34 per cent and the People’s National Movement (PNM) 32 per cent.

The poll also showed that the PNM has an edge in the marginal seats but the run-off vote, which is a feature under the recently passed constitutional reform bill, favours the People’s Partnership.

Persad-Bissessar said she always looks at polling results where her Government has not done well since it helps her to recommit to any area which may require addressing.

The Prime Minister noted that in just four short years her Government demonstrated that development goes where it matters most – to the people.

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Dr. Keith Rowley

Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley said yesterday that while the Express-commissioned poll showed a close race between the People’s Partnership and the People’s National Movement (PNM) if general elections were called now, polls conducted by the party point to a PNM victory.

Opposition senator Faris Al Rawi like his political leader has disclosed that the poll has confirmed his party’s own research.

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However Dr Roodal Moonilal has said that the PNM’s confidence is misplaced.

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Statistically speaking the results of the poll has shown that the parties are tied.

Senator Al Rawi has pointed out that a closer look reveals something different.

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The People’s Partnership Government is backing itself to pull away frm the Opposition in the coming months.

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