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Tough battle for PNM candidate

ANSA McAL poll shows...
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Chaguanas West By-Election
Avinash Singh

The majority of people questioned in a poll in Chaguanas West do not favour People’s National Movement candidate Avinash Singh as their next candidate. When asked to rate Singh as the next possible MP for Chaguanas West, more than two-thirds of respondents gave him a “poor” rating, according to a poll by the ANSA McAL Psychological Research Centre, University of the West Indies, St Augustine. 



“Specifically one per cent stated ‘excellent,’ five per cent ‘good,’ 22 per cent ‘average,’ 35 per cent ‘poor,’ and 37 per cent ‘extremely poor.’” The poll was done between July 19 and 21, face to face, with a representative random sample of 526 respondents and was supervised by Dr Derek Chadee, director of the centre. Chadee is a senior lecturer in the Department of Behavioural Sciences at UWI.


The respondents comprised people eligible to vote in Monday’s by-election, with six per cent Afro-Trinidadians, 90 per cent Indo-Trinidadians and four per cent in the mixed category. The sample consisted of 48 per cent females and 52 per cent males. The pollster said the margin of error is plus or minus four per cent. The major intention of the survey was to assess popular opinion on the upcoming Chaguanas West by-election. 


Analysing responses by ethnicity, the poll showed that Afro-Trinidadians were more likely than Indo-Trinidadians to say Singh would be “good” as the next MP for Chaguanas West. “In particular, a rating of ‘good’ was stated by 13 per cent Afro-Trinidadians, eight per cent Mixed Persons, and five per cent Indo-Trinidadians.” With regard to gender, a rating of “good” was given by eight per cent females and three per cent males. 


On the question of age groups, “good” was indicated by nine per cent of the 18-30 age group, seven per cent of the 31-40, two per cent of the 41-50 and three per cent of the 51 years and over age group. Analysing responses by education, the poll revealed that technical/vocational educated respondents were most likely to give a rating of “good” to Avinash Singh as the next MP for Chaguanas West.  


“Specifically, 16 per cent technical/vocational, seven per cent tertiary, five per cent secondary and one per cent primary educated respondents.


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