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Approval rating for the Government still high

PLP leader David Burt (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Satisfaction with Government performance is at one of the highest levels in the last 20 years, a polling firm said today.

A total of 76 per cent of those questioned said that they were satisfied with the Government and 21 per cent said they were dissatisfied.

The approval figure – although still high – did represent a dip in popularity since the summer, when the Government enjoyed a record 87 per cent satisfaction rating.

Narrative Research Bermuda, which carried out the survey in September, said that Government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic was the main reason for its popularity.

A spokesman added: “Currently, three-quarters of residents express being satisfied to some extent, a result that is deeply tied with the Government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

But he added: “It is not all positive news however, as a growing number of residents express dissatisfaction compared with three months ago, most commonly attributing their dissatisfaction with the perceived inaction towards the current economic issues.”

The poll also suggested that Government is more popular among black people.

A total of 83 per cent of black people said they were satisfied with Government, compared to 67 per cent of white people.

Just 15 per cent of black people polled expressed dissatisfaction with the Government, compared to 31 per cent of white respondents.

The spokesman said: “While there remains a difference in satisfaction, it is positive to note that this divide is the narrowest it has been in more than two decades.

“That is not to say this has always been the case under Premier Burt’s leadership, as a substantial gap in satisfaction between races was observed prior to the global pandemic.”

The survey was conducted by telephone between September 9 and 19 with a random sample of 400 residents.

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Published November 09, 2020 at 6:41 pm (Updated November 09, 2020 at 7:06 pm)

Approval rating for the Government still high

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