Yes to BLP

. . . But only a minority keen on Mottley as national leader

A nationwide poll conducted by Systematic Marketing & Research Services Inc, shows 62 per cent of the Barbadian electorate favouring a change of Government.


But worryingly for Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, the numbers wishing her to lead a possible new Government are significantly smaller than those calling for a different political dispensation. Only 21 per cent of those polled saw Mottley as the person best suited to lead Barbados.

However, the disenchantment with the current political leadership of the country was even more stark with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart doing marginally worse than Mottley with only 17 per cent viewing him as the best person to lead the country.

The poll, commissioned by a prominent and respected local businessman, was conducted by pollster Joe Davis in three polling divisions in each of the 30 constituencies. Persons 16 years and older who are nationals of Barbados were targeted with one person per household selected. The poll was completed last month and involved a sampling of 1108 persons.

The 62 per cent requesting to see a change in Government were relatively evenly spread by gender but noticeably higher in the age 16 to 55 category. Only 21 per cent of those polled said they didn’t want a change of Government.

Both political leaders got the people’s nod as the best persons to lead their respective parties, outdistancing their respective colleagues by quite a margin. However, it was significant that the majority of people questioned did not know nor could they think of who was the best person to lead the DLP. Twenty-nine per cent of Barbadians thought Stuart was best suited to lead the DLP with his closest rivals being Chris Sinckler and Richard Sealy at one per cent each. However, 41 per cent did not know nor could they think of an alternative party leader.

For the BLP Mottley was the clear favourite to lead that party at 40 per cent. Interestingly, though he is no longer a member of the party, former Prime Minister Owen Arthur was the second most favoured to lead the BLP at 15 per cent. St Joseph MP Dale Marshall received a three per cent approval rate from individuals polled.

Though Arthur has quit the BLP and indicated that the current sitting of Parliament would be his last in elective politics, there were significant pockets wanting him to continue. Forty-four per cent of persons polled wanted Arthur to return to active duty in the BLP while 41 per cent said they didn’t want him to return. Those who wished for Arthur’s return were well spread across demographic groups, and especially so among persons who would support the DLP in the next general election.

In addition to finishing second behind Mottley as the best person suited to lead the BLP, Arthur finished third behind the Opposition Leader and Stuart at eight per cent as the best person to lead Barbados at this juncture. Compared to answers from respondents on the DLP, only four per cent of those polled did not know or could not think of an alternative BLP leader.
The poll also suggested that it would not be in the best interest of the DLP to call a general election anytime soon. Only 20 per cent of those polled indicated they would support the Freundel Stuart administration in an early election. Forty per cent stated they would be voting for the BLP if a general election were called soon. Significantly, though, 34 per cent of those polled refused to divulge their party of choice in the next general election.

As has historically been the case, a third party contesting the next general election seemingly has no chance of forming a new government. Fifty-four per cent of respondents said they didn’t want a third party in the elections while 34 per cent noted they would like that third option.

The recent Dr Maria Agard/Mia Mottley imbroglio has had a negligible impact on the BLP’s image. While 21 per cent of respondents said they felt less favourable towards the BLP as a result of the controversy and four per cent were more favourable, 60 per cent said the impasse that led to Dr Agard’s expulsion had no effect on them. Fourteen per cent had no answer to give on the controversy.

Specific fieldwork in the constituencies of St Michael North, St George North, St Joseph and St James North was conducted on this issue after the announcement that Dr Agard was granted leave from Parliament.

25 Responses to Yes to BLP

  1. Tristan John
    Tristan John February 22, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    21% for Mottley? LOL

    • Nikolaos Yarde
      Nikolaos Yarde February 22, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      Well they did include 7 persons so 21 % is OK statically speaking for the number of choices

  2. Santini More
    Santini More February 22, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    I am ready for polling day.

  3. Maria Jones
    Maria Jones February 22, 2016 at 10:06 pm


  4. Earl Crichlow
    Earl Crichlow February 22, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    How Fumble get 17%?? I think it should be more like 7%….

  5. Verona Michael
    Verona Michael February 22, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Well Mia, you know what you have to do…

  6. Ryan Henry
    Ryan Henry February 22, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Seriously!!! I thought fumble would be in the negatives

  7. Prince Trémaine
    Prince Trémaine February 22, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    And how many would favour a third party?

  8. Clyde Clarke
    Clyde Clarke February 22, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    PLEASE, Barbadians, DO NOT get caught up in,or be misled by this “poll” nonsense..they mean nothing..when the time comes to cast that vote that actually counts,Barbadians will make intelligent choices, and vote with their hearts, and hopefully not be misled by any “poll” that might use numbers and percentages to influence a certain (depending on special interest) outcome..

    • Ike Turner
      Ike Turner February 22, 2016 at 11:08 pm

      Wise choice would be not too deal with these jokers again

  9. Bernard Pinder
    Bernard Pinder February 22, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Blp I wid mia all de way bajans can only take so much time for change

  10. Paul Gill
    Paul Gill February 22, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Have as much races as you want, the only one that matters is in 2018. A lot can happen between now and then.

  11. Slaughter House
    Slaughter House February 22, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    I hope this story ain’t misprint. Cause I see 17% that look edited and a 7 get put in front the 1

  12. Mikkel Rogers
    Mikkel Rogers February 22, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Hmm ..these polls boy make me laugh bad ic … I remember when Peter Wickham the last time it was too funny Hmm

  13. Ian Boyce
    Ian Boyce February 22, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    check owen legs to mia one lol

    • Cheripha Connell
      Cheripha Connell February 23, 2016 at 12:34 am

      The most interesting aspect of this story is indeed the fake legs in the photo

  14. Wavney Rouse
    Wavney Rouse February 22, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Wahloss!!!!!.. Oh Lordies… de race is not fah de swift but those who… hum!!!!!

  15. Lilian Llyod
    Lilian Llyod February 22, 2016 at 11:15 pm
  16. Marvo Thorne
    Marvo Thorne February 22, 2016 at 11:20 pm


  17. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea February 22, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    BLP for life.

  18. Andrew Jemmott
    Andrew Jemmott February 22, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    looka owen legs

  19. The Negrocrat February 23, 2016 at 1:28 am

    Bajans don’t know what they want.

  20. Earl Christie
    Earl Christie February 23, 2016 at 2:50 am

    BLP DLP. Hummm. Vote fah yah Soul. JESUS. Amen.

  21. Frank Gilkes February 23, 2016 at 5:42 am

    I think persons should cease participating in these foums and talking about “vote for Jesus”. This is not a religious survey it is a political survey, so keep your religious mythology out of it.

  22. Sunshine Sunny Shine February 24, 2016 at 4:44 am

    Barbados is so full of scams that it is hard not to believe this paid poll was not done to work psychology on the minds of Barbadians. After bajans have come to realize that whether Dees or Bees, you basically get a serving of the same nonsense.


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