Don’t mind Wickham’s poll, says Kellman

Member of Parliament for St Lucy Denis Kellman says he is not surprised by the low leadership rating both he and Prime Minister Freundel Stuart got in the latest Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES) survey released Sunday.

“They are always showing Stuart in a negative light,” complained Kellman.

“Even leading up to the last general election in 2013, it was the same thing even though Stuart came out at the end with flying colours,” he added, while stating that he expected nothing more from the pollster Peter Wickham.    

He got a 0.2 per cent rating for leadership in the Wickham poll in which Opposition Leader Mia Mottley emerged as number one choice for Prime Minister, ahead of former Prime Minister Owen Arthur  with 18 per cent and Stuart with eight per cent support.

Like its leader, the CADRES poll also showed that support for the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) had plummeted since the last election in 2013 to 11 per cent, while support for the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) had soared to 51 per cent, increasing the likelihood of a BLP landslide victory in the next election.

However, while expressing serious doubt over the CADRES results, Kellman suggested that they might actually end up being a blessing in disguise.

He explained sometimes “people attack you and believe they are doing you a wrong, but they end up doing you a good”.

With that said, Kellman made it clear that he did not pay too much attention to the findings of opinion polls and was only prepared to use them as guides.

The Member of Parliament for St Lucy also said Barbadians needed to be mindful that Wickham has never been an admirer of him or the current prime minister, or economist Clyde Mascoll or Dr David Estwick for that matter.

“Why would a sensible person continue to discuss individuals that he feels have nothing to offer? As I said before you do not ignore anything thrown up in a poll. In life you turn every negative into a positive,” he told Barbados TODAY.

As far as the whole leadership debate is concerned, Kellman pointed out that neither Stuart nor former Prime Minister Erskine Sandiford (now Sir Lloyd) was ever seen as a potential leader of the DLP.

“I do not discuss leadership. All the leaders I have seen discussed recently I have watched and seen where they ended up,” said Kellman, adding that “One has to be very careful when one aspires to that position, because one can easily become a target”.

36 Responses to Don’t mind Wickham’s poll, says Kellman

  1. Sunshine Sunny Shine June 27, 2017 at 12:12 am

    You do not have to listen to the opinion poll. Simply make the rounds in Barbados and ask the people how they personally feel about you and the Prime Minister. I bet you would not like the response. You really think that you will be given a third term? Maybe your administration has more money than last time to influence the X of bajans.

  2. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd June 27, 2017 at 2:09 am


  3. Macmood Tata
    Macmood Tata June 27, 2017 at 2:53 am

    D only don’t mine is d DEMS

  4. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn June 27, 2017 at 5:46 am

    I want Mr Owen Arthur to STOP running for st Peter. And go and run against you in st lucky for the BLP.. I bet that he will beat you.

  5. hcalndre June 27, 2017 at 6:15 am

    The Dems and the yard fowls must be having sleepless nights, if they are so confident that they will retain the government, just ring the bell, win the ting and get on with the people`s business, is it the paychecks that you all are making sure you get every one of them.

  6. harry turnover June 27, 2017 at 6:26 am

    Look….Dennis Kellman is really talking about the 0.2 % rating that he got ya know…he only bring in Stuart name so as not to make it look obvious.
    Kellman IS NOT one of those that people in the DLP want to lead them so why should he mention his name alongside Stuart ?

  7. Mark Adamson June 27, 2017 at 7:19 am

    To have broadcast so-called findings of a so-called poll was a wave of stupid folly in a sea of ignorance by many of us about how multitudes of individuals in Barbados are going to vote in the next general election.

    Other than the so-called poll indicating how insensitive and irrational the designers of it can be when they go and use the name Owen Arthur – as a preferred leader – when Arthur has clearly been stating that he will not be back in the House of Assembly after the next local general election, another stupid folly was how those persons who were in the studio of the Starcom Network’s Getting Down To BrassTacks leading the discussion on it DID NOT HAVE A COPY OF THE QUESTIONS that were put to the respondents as part of the program as a basis for the said discussion.

    And would it be believed that not one caller to the program care to expose the foolishness of not having a copy of those questions before any discussion could have taken place on the so-called findings.

    The CART before the HORSE!!

    So-called National political polling of the sort that CADRES has been doing, and which produce so-called findings that are published via certain media houses, MUST BE BANNED BY THE GOVERNMENT WITHIN CERTAIN PERIODS OF GENERAL ELECTIONS BEING HELD IN BARBADOS, and seriously regulated beyond those periods.

    The publication of some of the so-called findings of CADRES political polling and the unfounded extrapolations therefrom are unfair and prejudicial to free and fair electoral outcomes in this country, and are doing serious and irreparable damage to the electoral chances of certain candidates winning seats in a general election

    • Leroy June 27, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      Ban free speech and opinion? We in bim or Saudi Arabia?

      • hcalndre June 28, 2017 at 9:21 am

        Leroy, better yet! N. Korea, I heard they banned a Calypso because the song had the words, “Contracts and My X.” I have being listening to hundreds of call-in programs and can`t recall any cut unless its profanity or threating language, so many cuts on Barbados radio, at first I used to check to see if it was the radio or a power shortage and most of the times it`s only the person`s opinion that do the editing.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine June 27, 2017 at 1:24 pm

      In the sea of ignorance? Hahah you trying to sound technical or you just practicing your prose. LOL

  8. Alex Alleyne June 27, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Another “foot in mouth” doing it again. Why don’t the PM tell them to STOP IT. just do like he, “Keep mouth shut”.

  9. orlando June 27, 2017 at 8:00 am

    i never saw peter wickham in my area so im wondering where did he do his polling . just a load of crap . last election he had dlp losing by a land slide and then say he dont know wa happen, wid all his expertise he should run . just so you know im not DLP or BLP . but i dont like loud mouths. who think they got all the answers .WHO ASK YOU?

  10. Big Man June 27, 2017 at 8:19 am

    The same Pollster said Hillary Clinton would of won and she LOST

  11. Carson C Cadogan June 27, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Let me see if I got this straight.

    About 32 persons were interviewed in each constituency.

    Barbados has a population of about or near 300,000. These 32 persons told PETER WICKHAM that the Barbados Labour Party will win the next elections in 2018.

    That’s just great!!!!

    Ok, all BLP people can stay at home on elections day, no need to worry. But then again there is the historical fact of polls conducted by PETER WICKHAM just before the 2013 elections which had the Barbados Labour Party winning 28 out of the 30 seats in Parliament.


    Then there is the recent elections in America where all the polls had HILARY CLINTON winning the Presidency by a land slide. But we all know that TRUMP KICK HER ASS big time.

    Hmmm, again!

  12. Carson C Cadogan June 27, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Before I forget, the same PETER WICKHAM also had HILARY CLINTON wining the US elections.

  13. Carson C Cadogan June 27, 2017 at 9:27 am


    “”Added by Colville Mounsey on November 8, 2016.
    Saved under Local News, Politics


    Two Barbadian political pundits are predicting a comfortable victory for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over Republican nominee Donald Trump in tomorrow’s United States elections.

    Following what has arguably one of most contentious races for the White House in contemporary times, political scientist Peter Wickham and political strategist Reudon Eversley have both given Clinton the edge, saying she was most likely to secure the 270 Electoral College votes needed to take the presidency.””

    Added by Colville Mounsey on November 8, 2016.
    Saved under Local News, Politics

    I REST MY CASE!!!!!

    This same two are backing the crooked Barbados Labour Party.

    • hcalndre July 2, 2017 at 7:39 am

      @Carson C Cadogan; who got the most votes Trump or Hillary? stay with Barbados` election because you knows nothing about the voting system of the US. Not even Trump though that he would have won and talking kicking ass, that`s why Trump is being investigated to see what the Russians involvement was and if Barbados had done what America is doing when the PM said he either heard or known about about the big brown bags then you would know who is crooked.

  14. Carson C Cadogan June 27, 2017 at 9:31 am

    If PETER WICKHAM really want something to do with his time:

    Conduct a survey asking the people of Barbados how they feel about Mottley not producing her LLB and Law Certificate as challenged by the Hon. Dennis Lowe in the House of Assembly more than two years ago.

  15. Carson C Cadogan June 27, 2017 at 9:35 am

    How is it that before printing drivel from PETER WICKHAM Barbados Today don’t check their own files for past statements from him proving how wrong he can be?

    Barbados Today just prints willy nilly anything that people like him say.

    This is really sad.

    Barbados Today, CHECK YOUR OWN RECORDS!!!!

  16. Kevin June 27, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Well Dale Marshal also said forget about Wickham’s poll.

  17. Donild Trimp June 27, 2017 at 9:41 am

    The only party winning at the next general election is the DLP.

    The DLP Government is outlining on an ongoing basis all the positive programs, ideas, projects that will definitely improve the lives of all Barbadians going forward.

    Cannot get any constructive or meaningful ideas from any of the other parties that will make life any better under their rule. The only thing they can come up with is criticize, criticize, criticize with no answer to what they are criticizing.

    One party is going to “increase Parliamentarians”, another is going to introduce “ISO Standards”, another cannot find people to run, gimme a break!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    All sensible Barbadians have to do is ask themselves one simple question: “what will another party do different from the ruling party to improve the lives of Barbadians”?

    The answer is going to be a big fat NOTHING.

  18. Breadfruit. June 27, 2017 at 10:15 am

    @ Donald trump

    and what has the ruling party done to improve the lives of barbadians over the last two terms?



    tell muh how duh improve my life ovuh de las two terms?


  19. Frank White June 27, 2017 at 10:20 am

    As far as I can remember, Peter Wickham never did a poll on the U.S election, he said, on brass facts, that out of personal reasons he was supporting Hillary because he liked her, that was it…

    If I was Carson cadogan and his colleagues, I would benefit from this poll by picking up the slack that the poll talks about instead of dismissing it…

    I know that the plan is to have multiple construction projects going in and around the time that your prime minister would ring the bell and as long as the masses bellies’ are full, they will be happy and vote the DLP back into power…

    And how could I forget the red herons, Ms Mottley certification, same sex marriage, morality and all the other non issues that will not put any food on the table or money in our pockets…

    I want the masses to know that Corruption robs them and their children of a comfortable future…

  20. Frank White June 27, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Oh how this projected poll have you Carson cadogan and your colleagues up in arms…

    Here’s good advise, continue as normal and you and your colleagues will be guaranteed a sure win…

    Just have multiple construction projects going and as long as the masses are working and having their bellies filled temporarily, call the election and you all sure to win again, correct??

    And then there’s the red herons this is sure to create distractions, as intended, and not put any food on your tables or money in your pockets…

  21. lillie June 27, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Carson c Cadogan you and Peter Wickham are in the same boat 2 airhead losers, one thing for sure you should stop making
    senseless stupid comments.

  22. Milli Watt June 27, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    this clown should start weighing what he say…….

  23. Alex Alleyne June 27, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Kelly is hopping mad cos Peter ain’t put he name in the top 3.
    Barbados is not a “BANANA REPUBLIC”. You lucky you got the “pic” you got now that you should NEVER had.

  24. hcalndre June 27, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    The political analyst at CBC this morning was made to look anything but a political analyst by two callers, a man and a woman, the first thing came out of her mouth was that the election is not due yet and she just scroll over the poll, the PM can ring the bell next week, next month or when ever he cares to who knows so that is the first piece of nonsense that came out of her mouth, now when the woman asked how she would feel if the poll had her party as favorites and her reply was that she would not have felt anyway different which was a blatant lie. Before I knew of her I watch her the night that the results were coming in and each time a D was announce a winner this person face light up like a 1000 volt lamp and I said to my family that this person seems to be a supporter of the DEMS and I was right. Being a political analyst having your bias don`t meant that you can`t participate in a conversation with your callers, B. D. N. U. Some people get a job because of their connection and not what they know, that`s what has Barbados in the comess that its in.

  25. Lorenzo June 27, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    CCC this poll got you in here working overtime,only waiting for the other Dems John Worrell,Zeus,GreenGiant ,Kevin Ras ,Big Man and others.This morning we heard from the Dem yardfowl Maureen Holder saying she only scroll through but still dismissing the poll imagine that,didn,t hear the Trini Dem but I know this poll got them very worriedsince thy know the writing on the wall,so they could ignore the poll at their own peril.Mr Wickham is an experienced pollster who has gotten most of his polls correct and that is a fact.Deal with it.

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine July 1, 2017 at 10:03 am

      No SSS in your line up. I wonder why?

  26. joan Worrell June 27, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    You is a Bullgarian. Yuh betta get tested today .

  27. straight talk June 27, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    I hope the people of st lucy exercise common sense in the general elections and continue to embarrass themselves every five years by electing don’t care kellman

  28. straight talk June 27, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    I Hope the people of st lucy exercise common sense in the general elections and DON’T continue to embarrass themselves every 5 years by reelecting Don’t Care kellman.

  29. Arri Mayers June 27, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    We know that the DLP is running scared when we see Carson C Cadogan hogging the site, talking to himself, in an effort to shut others up.

  30. Arri Mayers June 27, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    By this time next year, Ms Holder and Mr Blackett will be back in the newly refurbished River Road complex.

    • hcalndre June 28, 2017 at 6:05 am

      @Arri Mayers, I don`t think that either of the two would want to go back because they accused the station of supporting the Unions and the BLP, what they fail to understand is that CBC is being subsidized by the people`s taxes and they should at least give all parties equal time not just the DLP., while VOB can back Ninja Man because they`re privately own. CBC don`t belong to Maureen, the DLP or the party that`s in power,


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