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One third of voters see OBA as a new party poll

The One Bermuda Alliance is viewed by more than a third of voters as a genuinely new political party with fresh leadership and ideas, according to a new poll.

However, almost a quarter of voters think it is the same as the old United Bermuda Party in all but name.

The statistics came from a Mindmaps poll conducted for

The Royal Gazette between September 13 and 21, shortly after the fledgling party’s first conference on September 10.

The same poll, as first revealed on Monday, showed the One Bermuda Alliance [OBA] was ahead of the ruling Progressive Labour Party [PLP] in the minds of voters.

Thirty-eight percent said they would vote OBA in a general election, with 32 percent opting for the governing party.

When quizzed about their perceptions of the new party, 36 percent thought the OBA was a genuinely new enterprise with fresh leadership and ideas.

Meanwhile 23 percent thought it was no different to the United Bermuda Party, which lost most of its MPs to the OBA when the OBA launched in May.

A total of 35 percent thought the new party was like the old one, albeit with some new ideas. The rest didn’t know.

OBA chairman Thad Hollis said the polls revealed what the party already knew that it had to do “a lot more work”.

“Earning the trust and support of people was never going to happen overnight,” he said.

“We are a new party, embarked on a mission to get Bermuda working again and to give the people a government they can trust. We are doing that one voter at a time.

“We understand the identity game being played against us and the history that can give it legs, but all of us in the party know we are OBA through and through. We are focused on solving today’s serious challenges and building a strong future for the Island.”

The poll showed that confidence in the OBA as a new and fresh party was far stronger among white voters (62 percent) than black voters (21 percent).

A higher percentage of black voters (35 percent) thought it was just the same as the United Bermuda Party.

Views on the new party did not show any noticeable differences between the sexes.

However, the OBA was increasingly likely to be seen as a fresh option among those aged 45 and older and had its strongest support in the 55-64 age category.

Another question in the Mindmaps poll sought to gauge the overall performance of the OBA since its inception in May. The results showed that 13 percent of voters approved of its performance; a four percentage point increase since the last poll in July.

A total of 27 percent neither approved nor disapproved and the same amount didn’t know. Meanwhile, 32 percent disapproved of the way the party has performed since May.

The Mindmaps poll quizzed 405 Bermuda residents.

All were registered voters aged 18 or above, and the data was weighted to be representative of Bermuda’s population on race, age and gender. The margin of error for the study was 4.9 percent.

Thad Hollis

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Published September 30, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated September 30, 2011 at 9:42 am)

One third of voters see OBA as a new party poll

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