KINGSTON, March 2018 - Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips has been given a poor performance rating from more than half of the respondents in the recent RJRGleaner Group Don Anderson polls.
Pollster Don Anderson said the finding came from a survey which was conducted from February 22 to 26 using a sample of 1,070 people islandwide.
"Thirty-three per cent of all persons interviewed rated Dr. Peter Phillips' performance to date as being 'very poor'. Another 27 per cent rated Dr. Phillips' performance as 'poor'. When we add those together, we had a 60 per cent negative rating of the performance of the Opposition Leader at this point."
"On the other side, we have 10 per cent who rated the performance of the Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, as being 'good' and another six per cent who rated the performance of the Opposition Leader as 'very good'. When you add those together, we have 16 per cent.... Twenty-four per cent rated the performance of the Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips as being 'average'," Mr. Anderson revealed.
With regard to the rating of the People's National Party, again, more than half of respondents said the performance of the Opposition is poor.
In breaking down the information, Mr. Anderson said 27 per cent of all persons interviewed said rated the Opposition's performance as being 'very poor', while 29 per cent rated their performance as 'poor'.
"So we accumulate that and we have a score of 56 per cent of the persons interviewed who rated the performance of the Opposition to date as being negative," he explained.
On the other hand, 10 per cent of respondents felt that the Opposition's performance was 'satisfactory', while seven per cent felt they were doing "a very good job." Thus, the Opposition received 17 per cent positive ratings.
Another 27 per cent rated them as 'average'.
Meanwhile, Mr. Anderson said the poll is reporting a mixed reaction to the performance of the Opposition spokespersons.
The poll found that the top four best performers as Opposition spokespersons were Fitz Jackson, Damion Crawford, Lisa Hanna and Peter Bunting. However, notably, three of the top four 'best performers' also appeared on the list of 'worst performing spokespersons'. Topping that list was Lisa Hanna, followed by Peter Bunting and Damion Crawford.
Mr. Anderson, in seeking to explain why the same persons are featured in the top four of the best performing and worst performing spokespersons, argued that "to a large extent, exposure, visibility and perception are the factors that go into rating a particular person."
"These are the persons that come up generally, in terms of rating of performances and persons who are seen in the forefront of the respective parties," he added.
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