Premier Cox’s poll numbers plummet

  • ‘Right now, Government is focused on rolling up their sleeves and doing what it takes to get the job done’ Premier and –Minister of Finance Paula Cox

    ‘Right now, Government is focused on rolling up their sleeves and doing what it takes to get the job done’ Premier and –Minister of Finance Paula Cox

Premier Paula Cox and the Progressive Labour Party’s performance approval ratings have come down with a bump in a new poll by Mindmaps.

Just 28 percent of people believe Ms Cox is doing a good job as Premier, while only 16 percent are impressed with the PLP’s performance, easily its lowest score since the 2007 general election.

In January, shortly after Ms Cox kicked off her term as Premier, her performance approval was 40 percent and the PLP’s was 44 percent.

Since then, Ms Cox and her party have both been criticised for delivering a services-cutting Budget while Ms Cox’s record as Finance Minister over a period in which Government debt has soared has repeatedly come under fire.

PLP supporters had warned the high score in January would not stay like that for long, claiming Ms Cox was enjoying a honeymoon period and an inevitably tough Budget.

At that time, prominent members were urging Ms Cox to take advantage of her popularity by calling a general election.

With both Opposition parties also struggling badly, Ms Cox yesterday indicated an election is not at the front of her mind, telling The Royal Gazette: “Right now, Government is focused on rolling up their sleeves and doing what it takes to get the job done.

“It is essential the new realigned Ministries deliver on the promised outcomes.

“My two most critical concerns are reinforcing the safety and financial viability of our Island.

“Neither polls nor elections can become distractions as this administration concentrates on achieving goals set on behalf of the people of this Country, and as Premier and leader I will set a pace that will achieve the desired result.”

As talks between the two Opposition parties continue, the United Bermuda Party’s performance approval rating has slumped from 29 percent to 12 percent, while the Bermuda Democratic Alliance’s drops from 25 percent to five percent.

Despite almost constant criticism, the PLP’s performance approval rating under Ms Cox’s predecessor Ewart Brown never went below 22 percent.

Today’s figure of 16 percent means fewer than one in five people think the ruling party is doing a good job. Fifty-five percent of people disapprove of the PLP’s performance, with 28 percent unsure.

The white community has the lowest opinion of Ms Cox’s and the PLP’s efforts. Just ten percent approve of the Premier’s performance, compared with 40 percent of blacks; just five percent of whites approve of the PLP’s performance, compared with 27 percent of blacks.

The poll of 402 voters took place from March 29 to April 8 and has a margin of error of 4.9 percent.

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Published Apr 15, 2011 at 8:00 am (Updated Apr 15, 2011 at 8:54 am)

Premier Cox’s poll numbers plummet

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