Premier Dr D Orlando Smith is still the preferred leader overall for the British Virgin Islands but residents have named Opposition Leader Andrew Fahie and Education Minister Myron Walwyn as close contenders.
This is according to a second political survey released recently by the Caribbean Development Research Services.
Twenty percent of the under-700 respondents in the survey prefer Dr Smith.
But Fahie’s rating is a close 17 percent while Walwyn has won the hearts of 15 percent of residents.
Notably, five percent of respondents prefer first-term legislator Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull to lead the BVI.
Turnbull follows Health Minister Ronnie Skelton (eight percent) and Deputy Premier, Kedrick Pickering (seven percent).
Another 20 percent of residents, would not say, do not care, or do not think any of the current legislators or political affiliates in the BVI are fit to lead.
Meanwhile, in the National Democratic Party’s (NDP) camp of supporters, a 37 percent majority still want Dr Smith to lead the party.
However, the survey revealed that Walwyn has a remarkable 33 percent following among NDP supporters. Only 10 percent of NDP supporters would like to see Skelton lead.
Over on the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) side, Opposition Leader Fahie commanded the support of 59 percent of VIP loyalists, the survey said.
During the survey, which has a margin of error of plus or minus five percent, respondents were also asked what party they believed was stronger on leadership.
Despite trouble in the camp, findings show that the NDP is still considered stronger on leadership.
Majority of residents still said they wanted to see the leadership of the NDP changed.
As for the VIP, most respondents think Andrew Fahie is the right man to lead the party at this time
Nearly a quarter of respondents were unsure if they wanted to see leadership changes in either political party.
The Caribbean Development Research Services, which is also called CADRES, is a research organisation based in Barbados. Over the years, it has conducted polls in several countries across the region.
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